Tujague’s. French Quarter: 823 Decatur. 504-525-8676.

New Orleans’s stock of century-old restaurants barely escaped a major loss last year. Tujague’s the second-oldest restaurant here, came close to a shuttering in a real-estate slippage. The fans of Tujague’s–many of whom hadn’t dined there in decades–rallied around the restaurant. The closing was averted at the last minute, and the whole story was reported widely. Part of it was the passing away of longtime owner Steven Latter, whose son Mark stepped in boldly. For those of us actually interested in dining at Tujague’s, that’s where the story really begins. Mark made many changes in the restaurant. We didn’t know how much they were needed until they were done. The redecorating of the dining room and the quadrupling of the menu constitutes a great advance. Tujague’s future now seems assured. Read More. . .

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