It seems every time you blink there’s a new location of another national sandwich chain opening around town. Now, however, it’s a longtime, homegrown po-boy purveyor that’s found a way to expand.
Parran’s Po-Boys & Restaurant (3939 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 885-3416; parranspoboys.com) has opened a new location in Kenner at 2321 W. Esplanade Ave. The restaurant is part of a newly built development between the busy stretches of Williams and Power boulevards.
It’s the first expansion for the local restaurant, which marks its fourth decade in business this year.
“We hadn’t considered a second location before, but this was a case of the right place and the right time,” said Lorell Hornbrook, who runs Parran’s with her husband Allan.
Hornbrook said the Kenner restaurant will add menu items gradually until it mirrors the one served in Metairie. That includes po-boys built on loaves from John Gendusa Bakery, Creole-Italian entrees and Parran’s signature sandwich, the seafood muffuletta, which is like a fried seafood platter dressed with spicy mayo and packaged in the familiar seeded muffuletta loaf.
She said no changes were planned at the original restaurant.
Parran’s originally opened in 1975. The Hornbrooks bought the business in 1990. Over the past quarter-century, they’ve progressively added to the menu (with plate lunches, fish tacos and, most recently, pizza) while keeping the focus on the bedrock local flavors that built the restaurant’s name.
“We stepped in and just try to give people the food they love at a good price,” said Lorell Hornbrook.
Like the original location, the Kenner version of Parran’s serves lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday.
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