If there was any doubt that September is a tough month in the New Orleans restaurant world, the news coming from a number of well-known eateries this week alone should confirm it.
First we learned that Maurepas Foods in the Bywater will close on Oct. 5, followed by news that the Garden District deli the Grocery will have its last day on Sept. 26 (though there are plans to reopen elsewhere).
The latest hit comes from Maple Street, where the inventive modern po-boy shop the Sammich closed earlier this week.
“It was the summer, it was just too rough on us,” said owner Michael Brewer.
The Sammich, which was at 7708 Maple St. near the Uptown universities, was inspired by the Oak Street Po-Boy Festival and its creative take on po-boys. Korean barbecue chicken, lobster tempura, duck confit and osso bucco po-boys were all on the menu. Brewer first launched the Sammich from a walk-up tavern window inside the Mid-City music club Chickie Wah Wah before moving to a stand-alone location early in 2014.
In May, Brewer won the Louisiana Seafood Cook-Off, an annual contest among 10 chefs from around the state. With the title King of Louisiana Seafood, Brewer will take part in food events representing Louisiana through the year though that role is by no means a full time gig.
Brewer said he wasn’t sure what his next move would be, though he didn’t rule out restarting the Sammich concept in the future.
“For now I’m just clearing out of this place, getting it ready for whoever wants to give it a go here next,” he said.
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