Local restaurateur Ed McIntyre has another eatery on the way, this time a new seafood restaurant on lower St. Charles Avenue.
Mr. Ed’s Seafood & Oyster House will be the third rendition of a concept he debuted in Metairie in 2013, and it’s a new start for an address that previously saw some turmoil.
The new restaurant is slated to open in mid-March at 1327 St. Charles Ave. The location was formerly Santa Fe Tapas, a restaurant that had to operate under a consent agreement with the city’s Alcohol Beverage Control Board before closing for good last year.
McIntyre’s new restaurant traces its roots to the similarly-named Mr. Ed’s Oyster Bar & Fish House, which he opened near the Causeway in Metairie after taking over the former Bozo’s Restaurant from an old family friend, the late Chris “Bozo” Vodanovich. Bozo’s was renowned for its oysters, and while McIntyre renovated the old place he kept its stand-up oyster bar intact.
In 2014, McIntyre added a second location, this time in the French Quarter with a two-story eatery built into a converted warehouse on Bienville Street.
Both have been doing well, he said, serving a similar menu of New Orleans staples to their respective clienteles in the suburbs and the French Quarter. This third edition will be a bit different, with an expanded menu to include steaks and other entrees beyond local seafood. But McIntyre said it will share the same fundamentals, especially at the oyster bar.
“People are just loving oysters these days, it’s amazing,” he said. “We’ll do them raw and chargrilled and have that stand-up oyster bar right in front by the window so people can see it all when they’re walking by.”
The new restaurant is part of the Maison St. Charles, a hotel that occupies much of the block. The restaurant will handle room service for the hotel and will have a banquet room for events.
The previous restaurant here, Santa Fe Tapas, drew repeated censure from city officials for the crowds that congregated outside, as the Uptown Messenger reported at the time. The news site noted in its reporting that issues on that corner went back to the Daiquiri Place Café, a bar once located on the opposite corner of Thalia Street and St. Charles Avenue that has since closed.
McIntyre said he isn’t phased by past issues there, and said Mr. Ed’s Oyster Bar & Fish House will be a family-friendly restaurant with a full bar.
“This neighborhood is on the upswing, it’s rolling now,” he said. “I like the way things are going here.”
Mr. Ed’s Seafood & Oyster House
1327 St. Charles Ave., 504-267-0169
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