NEW ORLEANS — Broussard’s Restaurant & Courtyard, one of the original grande dame dining establishments in the French Quarter, is proud to announce the celebration of its 100th anniversary throughout 2020. The revelry will begin at a special kick-off event with a 100-glass champagne toast and will continue throughout the year with specialty menus, drinks through the decades, and special events both in-house and within the community.
Broussard’s first opened its doors in 1920 when prominent local chef Joseph Broussard married Rosalie Borrello and they moved into her childhood home on Conti Street. They lived in the apartment upstairs, while Broussard worked downstairs to create a five-star restaurant where he masterfully combined the local Creole cuisine with classic French dishes inspired by his formal Parisian culinary training. Upon their deaths in 1966, Joseph Segretto, longtime steward, took over the restaurant and renovated it in the 1970’s. Following his time at Broussard’s, Evelyn and Gunther Preuss graciously maintained the restaurant for decades, until the Ammari family purchased it in 2013. Today, Executive Chef Jimi Setchim continues the tradition of a French and Creole influenced menu. “It’s an honor to work in a kitchen with so much history and culture,” said Setchim. “I’m fortunate to have the opportunity to create the special menus for this coming year that will both honor and celebrate the past while ‘moving forward’ for the next 100 years.” Setchim spent time researching old menus at the Historic New Orleans Collection in preparation for the 100th anniversary.
“We look forward to this 100-year anniversary with excitement and enthusiasm,” said Marv Ammari, Chief Executive Officer of Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts. “It is an honor to be a steward of the culinary traditions of this important restaurant. With specialty menus and events taking place all year, the whole community will celebrate with us.” In 2014, Broussard’s underwent a careful restoration under the leadership of the Ammari family, infusing glamour and refinement of the past with an elegant sense of modernity. In addition, the Empire Bar received an extensive renovation enlarging the space and refreshing the outdoor courtyard making it one of the largest in the French Quarter. Broussard’s has earned numerous awards over the years, and most recently won 2019 Best of Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator, 2019 Pick from The Knot Best of Weddings, and Open Table Diner’s Choice 2019 award.