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Advocate staff photo by Ian McNulty - Longway Tavern will open at 719 Toulouse St., shown here during its tenure as Little Vic's cafe.

A local hospitality company known for blending modern culinary style with classic New Orleans settings has a new project underway in the city’s oldest neighborhood.

Longway Tavern is slated to open in early 2018 at 719 Toulouse St. in the French Quarter. It will be a casual restaurant with a large courtyard and a menu aiming for an accessible, anytime appeal.

It’s the latest from LeBlanc + Smith, which also runs the restaurants Sylvain and Meauxbar, both in the French Quarter, the Uptown restaurant Cavan and the bar Barrel Proof in the Lower Garden District.

Longway Tavern will be just a few doors off a raucous stretch of Bourbon Street, but Robert LeBlanc, founder of LeBlanc + Smith, said the new addition will be designed to cultivate a different pace.

The name Longway Tavern was inspired by the notion that a visit to the French Quarter is better with a few unscripted stops along the way, he explained.

“We want it to be another spot on your map to enjoy the French Quarter in a little more culturally significant way, a home base for exploring the art galleries or going to a show or even going to another restaurant nearby,” he said.

The address is a Creole cottage that was most recently the gelataria and café Little Vic’s, though its history reaches back 1794. Longway Tavern will occupy the ground floor and extend out to a courtyard cloistered between the high flanks of adjacent townhouses.

John Sinclair, who runs the kitchen at Barrel Proof, will oversee a menu running through steak sandwiches, fried calamari and chicken thighs with root vegetable hash. Liam Deegan, a partner and beverage director at Barrel Proof, is designing the new tavern’s cocktail list with a mix of classic and modern drinks.

“It’s a restaurant first and foremost, but one designed for drop-in meals and drinking,” said LeBlanc.

Longway Tavern will serve dinner daily and lunch Friday to Sunday.

Longway Tavern

719 Toulouse St., slated to open early 2018

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