At his French Quarter restaurant Angeline, chef Alex Harrell serves Southern regional cuisine with a distinct sense of place. Soon, the place to find that cooking will be elsewhere.
The chef announced today that Angeline will serve its last supper in its current location the Hotel Provincial on June 3
He plans to reopen Angeline, but could not say where or when. A release cited an issue in lease negotiations for the decision.
“After careful consideration of the proposed terms of our new lease, we have decided to move operations to a new location in order to maintain the integrity of our business operations and staff culture,” Harrell said in a statement. “This move will allow for increased stability and longevity.”
Harrell made a name for himself in New Orleans at Sylvain, the gastropub a few blocks up Chartres Street. He left in 2014 to develop Angeline as his own restaurant, opening it in 2015. It took over the space that had been home to the high-end restaurant Stella.
Angeline had a niche for upscale, still easy-going meals in the lower French Quarter, an area better known for the strips of bars along nearby Decatur Street.
The restaurant distinguished itself with menus that are strongly Southern, but not scripted. Harrell's style shows an interplay of Mediterranean flavor and a clear affinity for the seasons.
Dishes like clams with wild boar sausage, roasted oysters and rabbit wrapped in country ham could show a regional rustic side in the restaurant's upscale/casual setting. The bar has a strong suite in sherry, especially pairing the versatile Spanish wine with food.
1032 Chartres St., 504-308-3106
Dinner Wed.-Sun., brunch Fri.-Sun.
Projected to close June 3
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