Parkway Bakery, Gris-Gris, Cafe du Monde in City Park among latest restaurant re-openings

Mid-City favorite Parkway Bakery & Tavern gears up to dish out its po-boys once again after temporarily closing during the coronavirus outbreak.

The popular po-boy spot is among a new crop of restaurants reopening for takeout, along with Gris-Gris, Tommy’s Cuisine and Cafe du Monde’s City Park location.

Oak Street Po-Boy Fest - Parkway Poorboys

Parkway Bakery & Tavern announced it will reopen for business with a new plan for contactless parking lot pickup on Tuesday, May 12.

The po-boy shop’s new plan involves a golf cart running orders to customers through a parking lot pickup experience. Parkway says the new system is meant to provide a safe, fast and efficient way to resume operations during the current climate.

Parkway says it will release its pickup-only menu in upcoming days. The restaurant’s new hours for parking lot pickup at 538 Hagan Avenue will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday through Saturday.

Prior to Parkway’s reopening on Tuesday, the restaurant will stage a po-boy giveaway for healthcare workers fighting on the front lines against COVID-19.

As a huge thank you, 200 shrimp po-boys will be given away to healthcare workers, with proof of credentials, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, May 11. The po-boys will get distributed in Parkway’s parking lot on a first come, first served basis.

The giveaway comes through a partnership between Parkway and the Al Copeland Foundation for its Be a Hero, Thank a Hero initiative, which has supported healthcare workers with household needs during the crisis.

Parkway also teams up with the Al Copeland Foundation during the monster Thanksgiving po-boy extravaganza that draws crowds each year.

Photo courtesy: Gris-Gris

Diners will also find po-boys on the new takeout menu at Gris-Gris. The Lower Garden District restaurant announced it will reopen for takeout starting Thursday, May 14.

Gris-Gris will launch with a limited menu featuring roast beef po-boys, oyster po-boys, shrimp and grits, chicken and dumplings, Caesar salad and the LGD burger.

Customers can also order family-style portions of chef Eric Cook’s gumbo, bread pudding and red beans and rice with 24 hours advance notice.

Gris-Gris’ new hours for takeout are noon to 8 p.m. on Thursday through Sunday. Customers can order via the website or by calling the restaurant directly.

Photo courtesy: Frankie Prijatel

Park-goers heading to New Orleans City Park for passive recreation can also now grab beignets and cafe au lait from Café du Monde.

Café du Monde’s City Park location recently reopened for takeout, with walk-up service daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Visitors can scoop up the normal menu from the takeout window, with social distancing measures in place like six-foot spacing in lines.

Currently, Café du Monde’s historic French Market coffee stand remains closed, the drive-thru at its Metairie location opens from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.

Photo courtesy: Tommy’s Cuisine

Just in time for Mother’s Day weekend, Tommy’s Cuisine opens for curbside pick-up featuring a limited à la carte menu with several pre-fixe choices for family-style dining at home.

The curbside menu offers several appetizers, salads, pizzas, sandwiches, and pastas.

As Tommy’s joins the curbside dining game, the neighborhood Italian restaurant hopes to attract customers with deals — including 25 percent off of food orders.

In addition to food items, Tommy’s has added a new selection of wines by the bottle at 50 percent off, including a Starmont Cabernet Sauvignon, Hope & Grace Russian River Pinot Noir, Ferrari Brut sparkling wine and Newton Unfiltered Chardonnay.

“While we are all trying to find normalcy at this time, it is our hope that coming together around the table for a family meal provides some sense of that and brings you closer as a family,” said Marv Ammari, CEO of Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts.

Customers can place orders by calling the restaurant for easy pick-up daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.


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