On the eve of its eighth anniversary, Acadiana is getting a refresh. The Passion Food Restaurant Group restaurant will close on Saturday for a complete interior renovation, courtesy of global architecture firm Gensler working in tandem with Passion Food partner Gus DiMillo. When the New Orleans-inspired restaurant reopens on September 5, the look will be distinctly French. Think rich colors, silver alligator-embossed wallpaper, chandeliers, reclaimed barnwood, and overall elegance. But don't worry, some of the funky details are staying, like the restaurant's existing Impressionistic murals of Louisiana swampland and the stuffed alligator at the bar.
Gensler is the firm responsible for the interiors of new Passion Food Group restaurants District Commons, Burger, Tap & Shake, Fuego Cocina y Tequileria, and the lounge expansion of Ceiba. The timing for Acadiana's renovation coincides with increased traffic and development near the Washington Convention Center, where the restaurant is located. And this weekend is memorable in the restaurant's history as well. Eight years ago, instead of opening the restaurant as scheduled, Acadiana remain closed to host a Po'Boy Power fundraiser for Hurricane Katrina victims, raising over $28,000 in two hours with the help of over 20 chefs.
— Adele Chapin
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