Hansen’s Sno-Bliz, Company Burger, Middendorf’s among recent restaurant re-openings

Hansen’s Sno-Bliz, The Company Burger and Middendorf’s are among the crop of restaurants re-opening after temporary closures during the cornavirus outbreak.

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Middendorf’s resumes operations at its Manchac location after “agonizing over every decision” starting on Friday, May 8.

The iconic restaurant, known as the “Home of the World Famous Thin Fried Catfish” will take to-go orders and reopen the outside dining areas. The outdoor areas will open from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. from May 8 to May 10 and May 12 to May 15.

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“We’re really ready to welcome our customers and staff back in Manchac,” said Middendorf’s owner Horst Pfeifer. “It’s the first step to getting back to some kind of normal. It’s been tough for everyone. We’re just glad that we can get back to work and start serving-up lots of hot, crispy thin fried catfish again.”

Recently, Middendorf’s announced their decision to close the Manchac location and the Slidell location on March 24 for the safety of customers and staff.

Now, owners say communication about prevention and encouraging numbers in Tangipahoa Parish makes them “feel it’s time to begin the return of Middendorf’s.”

Co-owner Karen Pfeifer says she’s excited about opening on Tuesdays for the first time since before Hurricane Katrina.

When Middendorf’s Manchac reopens on Friday, May 8, there will be no table service on The Deck and Porch. Customers can place to-go orders by phone, online or on-site.

As for Middendorf’s Slidell, the Pfeifers say they are still working on the plan to reopen that location. The restaurant says it will update the plan for May 16 when the Gov. John Bel Edwards makes his next announcement regarding businesses.

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Iconic sno-ball stand Hansen’s Sno-Bliz took to Instagram to announce the re-opening of the Tchoupitoulas Street staple with some social distancing measures in place. Hansen’s officially reopened on April 30.

“For the 2nd time this Spring, we reopen to a new normal,” Hansen’s Sno-Bliz posted. “We are grateful and inspired by our customers and friends who have encouraged us along this yellow brick road to now.”

The popular sno-ball stand was planning to kick off its 81st year in business before the coronavirus outbreak paused operations.

For fans looking to “air-condition” their tummies, Hansen’s opens between noon and 6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday for curbside pick-ups.

Customers are encouraged call ahead with orders and use credit card payments. Customers can pick their size, flavor and a pick-up time.

Upon pickup, customers are encouraged to wear masks. Hansen’s will deliver your treat straight to your vehicle.


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My Grandparents put their customers First. They took their time. So do we. For the 2nd time this Spring, we reopen to a new normal. We are grateful and inspired by our customers and friends who have encouraged us along this yellow brick road to Now. How to Air-Condition Your Tummy: 1. Call us, 504-891-9788 between 12&6 o’clock Thursday through Sunday 2. Pick a size & flavor.. “hot rods” and “lasagnes” available 3. Credit card purchases encouraged at this time 4. Request a pick up time 5. Wear a mask, please! We will too. Call us on arrival and we will deliver to your car. 6. Positively the Best Part..🍧⚜️☀️Enjoying it Flavors: Cream of Nectar Satsuma, Lemonade, strawberry, blueberry, ice cream, strawberry cream, blueberry cream, cream of ice cream, cardamom #sugarfreeavailable #rainbows #creambows #sunshine #positivity #gratitude #neworleans #bewell #stolenphotos @swoogirlnola #friendsforever

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One of New Orleans’ popular burger joints also returns. The Company Burger announced the re-opening of its Uptown location on Freret Street.

“Safety is our first priority for our team and guests!” the eatery said on Instagram. “We have taken this time to deep clean and sanitize our restaurant.”

The Company Burger opens from noon to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays through Sunday with a limited menu. Orders can be placed online or called-in ahead to the Uptown location.


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IT’S BURGER TIME! Starting tomorrow, Wednesday April 29th, the Freret Street location will be offering to-go burger & drink magic. We will have a limited menu and hours. As of now we will be open Wed – Sun 12pm- 7pm. To place your order please call us at 504-267-0320 or go to www.thecompanyburger.com and select UPTOWN to order online. We will collect full payment so all you have to do is roll up and grab your order from the table at the door! Safety is our first priority for our team and guests! We have taken this time to deep clean and sanitize our restaurant. We are following all suggested protocols, wiping down surfaces, and wearing PPE. . . . #companyburger #nolaopen #cantwaitforthatfirstbite #burgers4life

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Two other iconic New Orleans institutions, Pascal’s Manale and Angelo Brocato’s, also recently reopened for takeout.

Pascal’s Manale Restaurant offers a new takeout menu of its Creole Italian favorites like BBQ srhimp and shrimp diavlo. The menu also includes family-style dinners. Current restaurant hours are 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday and 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday through Friday.

Angelo Brocato’s Ice Cream currently only opens on weekends with an abbreviated takeout menu. Options include cannoli, biscotti and pints or quarts of gelato. The popular dessert shop says its only taking orders online via this order form or in-person. Hours are noon to 7 p.m.

Other recent re-openings for take-out include Tsunami Sushi, Cure and Cane & Table. Bellegarde Bakery also announced it will expand curbside pickup to Thursdays and Saturdays.

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