The Grocery, a colorful sandwich shop on the edge of the Garden District, will press its last panini next week, at least at its present address.
Owner and tastemaker Marcy McCall said the longtime eatery’s building is being redeveloped and she cannot afford the new lease. She said the Grocery would close after lunch on Sept. 26, though she’s planning to relocate the business.
“I’m 100 percent sure we’re coming back,” she said. “The Grocery is my baby.”
She’s eyeing neighborhoods she thinks could use another specialty sandwich shop, particularly the Bywater, Oak Street or Tulane Avenue area around the new hospital complexes.
McCall, who was once editor of the local food magazine Louisiana Cookin’, took over the Grocery in 2003. A one-time corner store, it was previously a sandwich shop with a specialty in Cuban sandwiches. McCall developed the menu with more pressed sandwiches, and she eventually extended the panini treatment to po-boys, for distinctive creations like a roast beef po-boy on pressed Leidenheimer bread.
While losing her longtime address is disappointing, McCall seemed upbeat about the Grocery’s future. She is a stroke survivor, and she said her recovery helps her keep things in perspective.
“Compared to a stroke, this is nothing,” she said.
2854 St. Charles Ave., 504-895-9524
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