Galatoire's is eyeing the possibility of expanding its family of restaurants, with the French Quarter landmark's owners buying a pair of buildings that might serve as new culinary venues.

John Georges and Todd Trosclair said Friday that they had purchased the building at 211 Royal St., a block from Galatoire's, from Kishore “Mike'' Motwani, a commercial real estate owner who has caused controversy with the T-shirt shops that operate at many of his properties. 

In a separate deal this week, Georges also closed on the building at 747 St. Charles Ave., in the Warehouse District, that is home to Swiss Confectionery, a family-run bakery.

The building on Royal is the former Hurwitz Mintz furniture store, next door to Mr. B's Bistro. The pink, four-story structure is already under renovation, with plans for 21 condominiums and enough retail space for potentially three restaurants or other commercial tenants, Georges said. Overall, the building is about 40,000 square feet.

Georges, who declined to disclose the purchase price, offered high praise for the location, calling it "the best block of Royal and probably one of the best streets in the Quarter."

Georges said it remains up in the air whether an outside tenant would be interested in the space or if Galatoire's will use it for some type of expansion. "The Quarter probably needs a good, high-end seafood restaurant, but that's just what I'm hearing," he said.

Georges and his wife, Dathel, bought The Advocate in 2013.

In a statement, Galatoire's President Melvin Rodrigue said the new sites open up "a number of possibilities, including restaurants that can complement Galatoire's current family of restaurants or another concept operated by someone outside of Galatoire's."

The two-story building on St. Charles has about 16,000 square feet and is in an area that's been busy lately with restaurant activity. Georges pointed to a number of spots opened recently by well-known local chefs, including Emeril Lagasse's Meril, which opened last year two blocks from Lagasse's flagship, Emeril's Restaurant.

The Swiss Confectionery has a lease on the building that stretches into next year, Georges said.

Orleans Parish property records show Georges paid $1.3 million for 747 St. Charles; the transaction was recorded Wednesday.

In 2009, Jean Galatoire’s descendants sold their majority interest in the Bourbon Street restaurant to a group of investors, including Georges.

The Galatoire's umbrella also includes a bistro that initially opened in Baton Rouge in 2005, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. That location closed in 2011 but reopened in a different spot in 2013.

That year, Georges also opened Galatoire's 33 Bar & Steak in a Bourbon Street building adjacent to the flagship restaurant.

"If you look at the building, it's beautiful. If it was painted white instead of pink, it would look just like Galatoire's," Georges said of the Royal Street site.

One option that isn't on the table is moving the original landmark restaurant off Bourbon Street. "There's no plan to move Galatoire’s there," he said.

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