The 511 Marigny building, soon to be Paladar 511's home. [Photo: Cheryl Gerber/Gambit]
New York has Mission Chinese Food and Rosamunde, D.C. is getting a Tadich Grill, and now a taste of SF will be available all the way down in the Big Easy: Pizzetta 211 is expanding to New Orleans, according to former employee/Tablehopper correspondent Dana Massey-Todd. Owner Jack Murphy and his girlfriend Susan Dunn are teaming up with Dunn's brother Ed, a chef who's worked at the likes of Commander's Palace and Emeril's, to open the tentatively named Paladar 511 in a mixed-use development and former sock factory in the Marigny neighborhood.
Like the original, Paladar will feature a small and seasonal menu of appetizers, pizzas, main dishes, and desserts, as well as the mothership's signature open kitchen. However, the NOLA location will have a lot more space, at more than 2,100 square feet, and will have a full bar, a charcuterie program, and an emphasis on whole-animal cookery.
The project is scheduled to open by the end of the year, and while Murphy will be out of town often and is seeking a temporary chef to cover for him, the hope is for Pizzetta 211 to remain unchanged. One big change that will make diners happy has occurred, though: after years of maintaining a strict cash-only policy, the restaurant has begun accepting credit cards via Square.
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