French Quarter Brasserie is set to debut inside the former Shaw Bijou space in Shaw at the end of the month. The tasting menu restaurant closed in January after operating for just three months. There’s already a sister New Orleans-themed restaurant by the same name in Fairfax, Virginia and another one is on the way in Boulder, Colorado.
“We’re very fortunate that we were able to obtain the former Shaw Bijou location,” saysChief Operating Officer Joseph Crosswhite. “Not a lot of people have seen the location, so we’re not planning on doing a lot of modifications.” Since you’re wondering, no, they did not keep those bar seats covered with Icelandic sheepskin, nor did they keep the tables and blue velvet chairs downstairs.
French Quarter Brasserie seats 99 people spread across two floors. The upstairs will be used for live jazz and blues music down the line, plus stand-up comedy. Crosswhite says there will also be patio dining, which will double as a locale for summertime crawfish boils.
“We’re more of a community restaurant. We’re reaching out into the community and inviting people in to hang out and enjoy and have a great time,” Crosswhite says. On the patio in particular, he says, he wants guests to feel like they’re “in their own backyard.”
Two of the restaurant’s standout dishes include Catfish La Place featuring crawfish etouffee-topped fried catfish and the “Filet Ma Chérie”—an 8-ounce blackened beef filet topped with shrimp ma chérie served over garlic mashed potatoes and spinach.
While the Shaw location will open with a more limited menu, diners can get a sense for what to expect from the Fairfax location’s menu. Appetizers run $6-$12 and entrees, $14-$35.
Drinks will heavily feature Prohibition-era classic cocktails popular in New Orleans like the Sazerac, and when it comes to beer, the bar will exclusively serve Abita in bottles.
French Quarter Brasserieis scheduled to open May 29 with dinner and weekend brunch.
French Quarter Brasserie, 1544 9th St. NW, frenchquarterbrasserie.com