Juban’s Creole Restaurant has formally reopened its doorways.
After being closed since July 2020 on account of the COVID pandemic, the eating place reopened on April 4 with a brand new menu, a dramatically made over inside design and new control below Making Raving Fans Hospitality Group.
Making Raving Fans Hospitality is made up of companions Chef Peter Sclafani; Michael Boudreaux, former Juban’s proprietor; and Kiva Guidroz, who opened SoLou Patio Restaurant Bar in 2021.
Juban’s introduced on its social media websites in mid-March that it was once hiring and started taking lunch and dinner reservations on March 28. Its Facebook submit additionally teased the eating place’s new design, which, Sclafani mentioned, has been utterly reconfigured.
“It’s fairly substantial, and the first noticeable thing will be a big courtyard when you walk in,” he mentioned. “It’s an outdoor courtyard that seats about 50.”
And for the ones questioning in regards to the signature tree Juban’s bar house, it is now not there.
“We have a new tree in the bar area,” Sclafani mentioned. “And we’ve put another bar in what was the main dining area. We call it the Hallelujah Bar, and it has brass-top tables and trumpet chandeliers.”
Still, essentially the most dramatic transformation came about within the eating house behind the eating place. This room as soon as was once reserved for personal eating.
“It’s been completely transformed,” Sclafani mentioned. “The walls are now dark wood with stained book cases and a fireplace. And we have paintings of famous LSU athletes and coaches in vintage clothes.”
Sclafani mentioned Xdesign, Inc., created the eating place’s new inside. The eating place additionally employed DNA Workshop, a neighborhood structure company, in July to have a look at reconfiguring the eating place’s large house, that includes a couple of eating rooms.
Juban’s will stay a Creole high quality eating status quo, proceeding to supply such well-liked dishes as its Hallelujah Crab and Fish Adrian along some added creations via the eating place’s new Chef de Cuisine Chris Motto, together with his cauliflower crab and brie soup.
“That has become one of the customer favorites, and I’ll tell you, it’s utterly amazing,” Sclafani mentioned. “I’ve been eating that soup every day.”
As a fashion for the brand new Juban’s, Sclafani, in a July interview, pointed to 2 eating places he is a part proprietor of: Phil’s Oyster Bar and Portobello’s Grill. Like Juban’s, each are longtime well-liked native eateries.
“With Phil’s, we didn’t want to come in and turn it up on its head,” he mentioned in July. “We wanted to pay tribute to the past and bring it into the future by slightly updating the menu and making it more modern.”
Juban’s was once the overall assets within the Juban Restaurant Group to briefly shut, following the COVID-related shutdowns of Adrian’s Restaurant, Christina’s and Beausoleil. Beausoleil was once bought via Stephen Hightower’s City Group Hospitality, as was once Adrian’s. Adrian’s reopened as a City Pork eating place, and Royal Taste of Jamaica moved into the Christina’s spot downtown.
Juban’s won a $1.7 million grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Restaurant Revitalization Fund, geared toward serving to eateries make up the cash they misplaced all the way through the pandemic. The eating place additionally won a $342,200 Paycheck Protection Program mortgage.