New Orleans — In 2018, Arnaud's Restaurant, one of the oldest family-operated restaurants in the country, will celebrate 100 years of serving authentic Creole cuisine in the heart of New Orleans' French Quarter.
Founded in 1918 by French wine salesman, Arnaud Cazenave, the restaurant has seen only two families of owners, the Cazenaves and current owners, the Casbarians. Today, Arnaud's success continues under the leadership of the second generation of the family ownership, Katy and Archie Casbarian, children of Jane and the late Archie Casbarian.
"Arnaud's is a special place. I grew up here and, like many New Orleanians, can remember celebrating holidays and special events at the restaurant since I was a child," says Archie Casbarian. "To have transitioned into an operating role and to be part of Arnaud's storied history is truly an honor for Katy and me. We are excited to see what the next 100 years have in store."
Arnaud was among the first restaurateurs to reintroduce the art of wine and spirits paired with gourmet food at the end of the Prohibition era. He channeled much of the restaurant's fortune into expansion, purchasing one adjoining property after another until Arnaud's 11 buildings covered most of the block. After 30 years of running the restaurant, Arnaud passed the restaurant down to his daughter, Germaine, who in turn led the restaurant to international acclaim.
In 1978, Arnaud's was acquired by Archie and Jane Casbarian. Upon acquisition, the Casbarians sought to return Arnaud's to its original grandeur by restoring the property and reinvigorating the cuisine. Years later, Casbarian opened a casual, family-friendly restaurant on Bourbon Street called Remoulade, the casual side of Arnaud's, that continues to serve Cajun-inspired cuisine, along with select Arnaud's classics.
Located steps off of Bourbon Street on Bienville Street, in the heart of the French Quarter, Arnaud's offers classic Creole cuisine and exemplary service in beautifully restored turn-of-the-century dining rooms. Offering live Dixieland jazz in the jazz bistro, romantic dinners in the main dining room, cocktails in the award-winning French 75 Bar and an assortment of private French Quarter fine dining rooms, Arnaud's offers the quintessential New Orleans dining experience. For more information, visit www.arnaudsrestaurant.com.
SOURCE: Arnaud’s Restaurant