Saint John, a new restaurant from Gris-Gris’ Eric Cook, to open on Decatur Street

After a slight delay due to Hurricane Ida, New Orleans chef Eric Cook has set an official opening date for his new French Quarter restaurant Saint John.

Originally scheduled for mid-September, Saint John is now slated to open at 1117 Decatur Street on Oct. 6.

The new restaurant occupies the space formerly home to Trinity Restaurant and Maximo’s Italian Grill. Saint John marks the second restaurant concept for Cook, who also owns Gris-Gris on Magazine Street.

Gris-Gris reopens for dine-in service on Magazine Street. Photo credit: Randy Schmidt

Saint John’s menu will offer a take on what Cook calls “haute creole cuisine,” a showcase of true New Orleans flavors in an “elevated, yet approachable way.”

Cook said he drew inspiration from traditional Sunday dinners in New Orleans and old times of celebration. His menu pulls from 18th century Creole cuisine and the melting pot of cultures that lent traditions, flavors, ingredients and cooking styles to the city.

The menu features entrees such as shrimp etouffee, chicken and shrimp maque choux and seared gulf fish courtbouillon. The menu will also include a variety of side dishes like baked macaroni pie with red gravy and smothered green beans.

Saint John will feature an open kitchen table and bar along with two floors of dining with a balcony at the top. The restaurant will serve lunch, dinner and weekend brunch.

Hours of operation at Saint John are Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The restaurant will open for brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Reservations are set to open later this week. For more information, visit the Saint John website.

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