There’s a new chef at the helm of Vessel, the contemporary restaurant and bar built in a historic Mid-City church.

Eric Sibley, who was previously chef for the modern Mediterranean steakhouse Doris Metropolitan, now leads the kitchen.

Sibley will be developing his own menus over the next few weeks, according to Vessel's owners. New brunch dishes are slated to join lineup soon as this weekend.

The kitchen was previously led by chef Nick Vella, who brought a distinctive rendition of Mediterranean cooking, with influences that went beyond the French and Italian classics.

Through his career, Sibley has led kitchens at the Monmouth Historic Inn in Natchez, Mississippi, and Chicago’s acclaimed La Storia Ristorante, among other positions.

He was executive chef at Doris Metropolitan for the past year, directing that French Quarter restaurant’s artful menu of Mediterranean dishes and high-end steaks.

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Advocate photo by J.T. BLATTY-- Built in a former church, Vessel has tall stained glass windows throughout the bar and dining room.

Vessel is in a church building that dates to 1914, though New Orleans have been dining and drinking under its steeple for decades. It was home to Christian’s Restaurant for nearly 30 years until Hurricane Katrina. It later reverted to a church for a short span, and then became the restaurant Redemption.

Vessel debuted early in the summer of 2016 after the property saw a major renovation. More casual than its restaurant predecessors, Vessel was designed to function as both bar and restaurant, with a long bar lining one of its stained glass flanks and a mix of bistro and lounge style tables for meals.

Vessel

3835 Iberville St.,504-603-2775

Dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun.

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