Meril becomes first Emeril’s restaurant to reopen in New Orleans after coronavirus shutdown

One of world-renowned chef Emeril Lagasse’s popular restaurants welcomes back customers for the first time since the coronavirus shutdowns in March.

Meril, located in the Warehouse District, is the first of Lagasse’s four New Orleans restaurants set to reopen to the public.

The restaurant announced it will officially reopen for dine-in and takeout on Wednesday, July 15.

Emeril’s Homebase, Lagasse’s corporate headquarters in New Orleans, released its full slate of reopening safety protocols to the public.

 

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Over the past few months, we have missed you so much and we are excited to be reopening this Wednesday July 15th! We will be opening our doors for dine in service and take out Wednesday – Sunday from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. Reservations are strongly recommended. Our commitment to the safety of our team and our customers remains our first priority. Our passion for hospitality has grown stronger. Our desire to connect with our customers has deepened. Alongside state & local mandated safety measures, we have created guidelines we feel will best accommodate a safe, responsible, and enjoyable environment for our staff and guests. Link in Bio to view these guidelines. We are excited to welcome you back into our dining room and we remain committed to delivering exceptional experiences for all who come through our doors. #EatDrinkandbeMeril #NOLAopen

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As part of the safety guidelines, guests are required to wear face coverings when entering, exiting and moving about the restaurant. Restaurant staff will also ask guests to wait in an appropriately distanced line outside of the restaurant if a table is not immediately available upon arrival.

Other safety precautions include offering disposable menus and providing frequently-utilized items, like utensils and condiments, by request only.

“Our commitment to the safety of our teams and our customers as well as the experiences we deliver at our restaurants remain paramount. Our passion for hospitality has grown stronger. Our desire to connect with our customers has deepened. These are the tools we feel will best accommodate a safe, responsible, and enjoyable environment for our staff and guests. We are excited to welcome you back into our dining rooms and remain committed to delivering an exceptional experience,” Lagasse said in a statement via the website.

Upon re-opening, Meril’s hours of operation are 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. from Wednesday to Sunday. Meril strongly recommends reservations to ensure service.

See also: The Night I had dinner with Emeril at Meril

A spokesperson at Emeril’s Homebase said there are no other updates on the re-opening status of Lagasse’s other New Orleans restaurants at this time.

During Phase Two of reopening, restaurants are allowed to increase the occupancy of dining rooms to 50 percent capacity, with masks and social distancing required. Additional restrictions set by Mayor LaToya Cantrell limits restaurants to table service only, with no seating at the physical bar.

Recently, some notable New Orleans restaurants have suffered business casualties during Phase Two of COVID-19 restrictions.

Gris-Gris recently announced its indefinite closure due to employee-positive tests. Other restaurants, like Irene’s, announced temporary closures after tightened restrictions, and others even announced permanent closures, in the case of iconic restaurant K-Paul’s.