Ralph Brennan Closing BACCO After 19 Years

For nearly two decades, Ralph Brennan's BACCO has been a fixture in the French Quarter.  It's talented chefs have treated locals and visitors alike to the finest New Orleans has to offer particularly seafood. Or as they say, "Simple, gutsy food. Food with the intrinsic taste of superior fresh ingredients. Such is the demand of New Orleanians and Italians alike. This is what we strive to deliver at BACCO, along with caring service and easy comfort."

In a note to his customers, Ralph addresses the changes coming to BACCO:
Dear Friends,

Restaurants need to evolve and grow. With this in mind, I have chosen not to renew the lease option for BACCO in its current location. We have decided to focus our energies, resources and creative talent on reinventing BACCO and are searching for a new location in the Greater New Orleans area.
This decision was personally and professionally difficult, as these four walls have housed a lot of history, delicious meals and good times throughout our 19-year tenure. Looking ahead, we intend to relocate and reshape BACCO through the prism of what works best for todays consumer  in every facet of the business. In the coming weeks, we will ask you what you most love about BACCO  as you are the most important part of its reinvention.
I remain wholly committed to New Orleans and envision a future where Ralphs on the Park and Red Fish Grill are joined by a renewed BACCO as well as other concepts we have yet to dream up.
Through early January 2011, we plan for business as usual at BACCO with the same full menu, quality service, lunch and dinner hours and private party availability. In addition, it is our intent to create opportunities for BACCO employees in sister Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group restaurants until a new location is operating.
We thank you for your loyal and enthusiastic patronage over the years and hope you will find time to visit BACCO in the near future for all of those things you have come to love about the restaurant.


Ralph Brennan

I was lucky enough to spend an afternoon chatting with Ralph at a book store in Mobile, AL while the famed restaurateur was touring his latest cookbook. Read that interview HERE.
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