Just a few weeks after its predecessor shuttered, Jack Rose (2031 St. Charles Ave., 504-323-1500; www.jackroserestaurant.com), the new restaurant at the Pontchartrain Hotel, opened for dinner April 6, taking over the space formerly held by the Besh Restaurant Group's Creole revival, The Caribbean Room. That restaurant closed in early March, following multiple allegations of sexual misconduct at the Besh Restaurant Group (BRG). Former BRG employees Brian Landry and Emery Whalen formed the new hospitality group, QED Hospitality, and launched the new concept.
The restaurant's name is a reference to both the Jack Rose cocktail — a tipple made with applejack, grenadine, and lemon or lime juice — as well as the Tennessee Williams' play The Rose Tattoo, which is set in Louisiana and features a character, Jack Hunter, who marries Rosa Delle Rose.
Though the space underwent significant changes in decor, artist Ashley Longshore's portrait of Lil' Wayne remains and additional artwork and designs from New Orleans-based artist Gavin Jones were added.
The owners describe the menu as a melding of New Orleans' influences from Italian, French and Spanish dishes. It features small bites like spiced nuts, pimiento cheese, raw oysters on the half shell and chicken liver pate in the "living room" of the restaurant. The dining room menu features starters such as steak tartare with cast-iron baked onion rolls, Royal Red shrimp with homemade squid ink campanelle and a sauce of shallots, garlic, white wine and Calabrian chilies, popcorn sweetbreads with chimichurri, and a fritto misto served with lemon caper aioli.
Larger dishes include paneed veal served with arugula and a charred Meyer lemon salad, flounder with crawfish, morel mushrooms and English peas, and a roasted duck served with Bellegarde bakery grits, black kale and hunter's sauce.
Jack Rose is open for dinner daily from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The Living Room serves snacks and drinks daily from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. A Friday lunch service is scheduled to launch April 13 and run from 11 a.m. to 2 .m., and Sunday brunch service starts April 15 and will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.