TruOrleans opens to the public tonight at 5 p.m. on H Street with two levels of Creole Cajun cuisine and a design concept that aims to channel a French Quarter feel with wrought iron detailing and exposed brick walls. The 216-seat restaurant will not only have outdoor seating, but its second floor is an open roof deck with ceiling fans and Abita and Hurricanes available at the copper-lined bar. There's another bar on the main level which, in addition to regular wood tables and chairs, has one oversized red booth that seats something like eight people. The restaurant also dubs itself a gallery and, accordingly, the entire place is decked out in artwork that the owners found on various walking tours of the French Quarter — works that are also for sale.
Chef Andre Miller (previously of Ruth's Chris Steakhouse) has a dinner menu full of pretty much all New Orleans classics like gumbo, jambalaya, crawfish etouffee and gator tenders. In the beginning, TruOrleans will be serving lunch, dinner and a weekend brunch. Then, in August, they plan to open for breakfast with beignets, jambalaya-stuffed biscuits and more. But it's just dinner tonight.
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