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(Nola.com)   World famous Brennan's restaurant in NOLA forced into bankruptcy, thanks to two feuding brothers and a sneaky cousin   (nola.com) divider line 77
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2013-12-06 10:22:48 PM
Damn, now I'm craving bananas foster.
 
2013-12-06 10:34:42 PM
As we say in Southern families... Ain't nothin' but a family thing.  Sad for the rest of us, but non-Brennans need to stay the fark out of it.
 
2013-12-06 10:39:09 PM
That place fed off of tourists for years because locals had given up on it. It hasn't been very good in decades, but the name has a lot of cache. There are many fine restaurants owned by various members of the Brennan family, but this is a mercy killing.
 
2013-12-06 10:42:54 PM

Nabb1: That place fed off of tourists for years because locals had given up on it. It hasn't been very good in decades, but the name has a lot of cache. There are many fine restaurants owned by various members of the Brennan family, but this is a mercy killing.


Care to share the names?  I may head that way soon, and haven't been there since 2006...
 
2013-12-06 10:46:19 PM

Benevolent Misanthrope: Nabb1: That place fed off of tourists for years because locals had given up on it. It hasn't been very good in decades, but the name has a lot of cache. There are many fine restaurants owned by various members of the Brennan family, but this is a mercy killing.

Care to share the names?  I may head that way soon, and haven't been there since 2006...


Dickie Brennan's is an awesome steakhouse in the French Quarter, but it's pricey. Ralph's on the Park out by City Park is outstanding. Ralph also owns a seafood place on Bourbon that is really good called Redfish Grill. And of course there is always Commander's Palace in the Garden District. It's still top-notch.
 
2013-12-06 11:01:30 PM

Nabb1: And of course there is always Commander's Palace in the Garden District. It's still top-notch.


Is that the place with the really fancy brunch where you get all dressed up like it's the 50's?

/Most of my days in NO are a bit hazy.
 
2013-12-06 11:11:33 PM

Nabb1: Benevolent Misanthrope: Nabb1: That place fed off of tourists for years because locals had given up on it. It hasn't been very good in decades, but the name has a lot of cache. There are many fine restaurants owned by various members of the Brennan family, but this is a mercy killing.

Care to share the names?  I may head that way soon, and haven't been there since 2006...

Dickie Brennan's is an awesome steakhouse in the French Quarter, but it's pricey. Ralph's on the Park out by City Park is outstanding. Ralph also owns a seafood place on Bourbon that is really good called Redfish Grill. And of course there is always Commander's Palace in the Garden District. It's still top-notch.


I'm glad to hear it.  When I think "Brennan Family", I think Commander's Place.  I'd hate to think it had faded - it's an institution.  I was at Dickie Brennan's last time I was in NoLa, and it was as good as I would expect from the Brennans.  Immediately post-Katrina, the French Quarter was all there was - which was odd, the French Quarter being the only safe place in NoLa.
 
2013-12-06 11:38:25 PM
Brennan's.  Isn't that Irish?
 
2013-12-06 11:48:45 PM

Benevolent Misanthrope: Nabb1: Benevolent Misanthrope: Nabb1: That place fed off of tourists for years because locals had given up on it. It hasn't been very good in decades, but the name has a lot of cache. There are many fine restaurants owned by various members of the Brennan family, but this is a mercy killing.

Care to share the names?  I may head that way soon, and haven't been there since 2006...

Dickie Brennan's is an awesome steakhouse in the French Quarter, but it's pricey. Ralph's on the Park out by City Park is outstanding. Ralph also owns a seafood place on Bourbon that is really good called Redfish Grill. And of course there is always Commander's Palace in the Garden District. It's still top-notch.

I'm glad to hear it.  When I think "Brennan Family", I think Commander's Place.  I'd hate to think it had faded - it's an institution.  I was at Dickie Brennan's last time I was in NoLa, and it was as good as I would expect from the Brennans.  Immediately post-Katrina, the French Quarter was all there was - which was odd, the French Quarter being the only safe place in NoLa.


It was about the only time I've been in the Quarter and NOT been treated to the stench of stale beer and urine.

It almost smelled... clean...
 
2013-12-07 12:21:07 AM
Probably not the best place to open a fine restaurant. New Orleans was always more of a chocolate city.
 
2013-12-07 12:22:32 AM
It's ridiculous to think that some city in the redneck south would have good food. If you want high cuisine come tl Brooklyn for real innovation, or go to manhattan and spend a ton on French food. You'll never come close in Atlanta or Houston or any of these places.
 
2013-12-07 12:25:54 AM

nickdaisy: It's ridiculous to think that some city in the redneck south would have good food. If you want high cuisine come tl Brooklyn for real innovation, or go to manhattan and spend a ton on French food. You'll never come close in Atlanta or Houston or any of these places.


mrwgifs.com
 
2013-12-07 12:27:11 AM
eh what a mess.   I am glad i do not have to sort out that cluster fark of a family feud.
 
2013-12-07 12:36:15 AM
Arrested Development Season Five
 
2013-12-07 12:36:36 AM

nickdaisy: It's ridiculous to think that some city in the redneck south would have good food. If you want high cuisine come tl Brooklyn for real innovation, or go to manhattan and spend a ton on French food. You'll never come close in Atlanta or Houston or any of these places.


Son...

Come to New Orleans and I will personally feed you a breakfast, lunch and dinner that will literally make you eat those words, go home and slap your mama.
 
2013-12-07 12:37:44 AM
"It's always good to see a family more farked up'd than mine"
Kim Kardashian
 
2013-12-07 12:39:25 AM

nickdaisy: It's ridiculous to think that some city in the redneck south would have good food. If you want high cuisine come tl Brooklyn for real innovation, or go to manhattan and spend a ton on French food. You'll never come close in Atlanta or Houston or any of these places.


2/10 Obvious troll is obvious
 
2013-12-07 12:40:00 AM
I like that the two lawyers names are "Welsh" and "Slack".
 
2013-12-07 12:43:02 AM

Shostie: nickdaisy: It's ridiculous to think that some city in the redneck south would have good food. If you want high cuisine come tl Brooklyn for real innovation, or go to manhattan and spend a ton on French food. You'll never come close in Atlanta or Houston or any of these places.

[mrwgifs.com image 300x300]


Tangentially related, why are all the very best facepalms carried out by Starfleet Officers?
 
2013-12-07 12:43:02 AM

Nabb1: Dickie Brennan's is an awesome steakhouse in the French Quarter, but it's pricey. Ralph's on the Park out by City Park is outstanding. Ralph also owns a seafood place on Bourbon that is really good called Redfish Grill. And of course there is always Commander's Palace in the Garden District. It's still top-notch.


Thanks for the heads up, I'll be heading there next fall.
 
2013-12-07 12:43:34 AM

Shostie: nickdaisy: It's ridiculous to think that some city in the redneck south would have good food. If you want high cuisine come tl Brooklyn for real innovation, or go to manhattan and spend a ton on French food. You'll never come close in Atlanta or Houston or any of these places.

[mrwgifs.com image 300x300]


#Sysco
 
2013-12-07 12:44:35 AM
Don't forget palace cafe in the Brennan family dynasty

Or mr. Bs

/I miss the food
 
2013-12-07 12:45:16 AM

nickdaisy: It's ridiculous to think that some city in the redneck south would have good food. If you want high cuisine come tl Brooklyn for real innovation, or go to manhattan and spend a ton on French food. You'll never come close in Atlanta or Houston or any of these places.


That's the most obvious troll I've seen on Fark in ages. It hits on so many levels any more and it would have collapsed into a trollarity that no lulz could ever escape.
 
2013-12-07 12:45:28 AM

Nabb1: Benevolent Misanthrope: Nabb1: That place fed off of tourists for years because locals had given up on it. It hasn't been very good in decades, but the name has a lot of cache. There are many fine restaurants owned by various members of the Brennan family, but this is a mercy killing.

Care to share the names?  I may head that way soon, and haven't been there since 2006...

Dickie Brennan's is an awesome steakhouse in the French Quarter, but it's pricey. Ralph's on the Park out by City Park is outstanding. Ralph also owns a seafood place on Bourbon that is really good called Redfish Grill. And of course there is always Commander's Palace in the Garden District. It's still top-notch.



I cook at the Steakhouse. Awesome is not what I would use. There is a dearth of good cooks in the Quarter right now. All of the quality players are cooking Uptown(Garden District, Irish Channel, et al) a few places in the Marigny/Bywater and a couple of places in Mid-City.
 
2013-12-07 12:49:24 AM

yagottabefarkinkiddinme: nickdaisy: It's ridiculous to think that some city in the redneck south would have good food. If you want high cuisine come tl Brooklyn for real innovation, or go to manhattan and spend a ton on French food. You'll never come close in Atlanta or Houston or any of these places.

Son...

Come to New Orleans and I will personally feed you a breakfast, lunch and dinner that will literally make you eat those words, go home and slap your mama.


Not only that, but let the phrase "soul food" drop out of your mouth, and you'll be treated a whole shiat-ton of food that not only did you not think was edible, but turns out to be farking dayum good!

/you can keep the frog legs and okra though. I'll pass.
 
2013-12-07 12:51:43 AM
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2013-12-07 12:52:03 AM
Ok I have to laugh at the "no owes us money ! Any day now" that is such a New Orleans thing to say.

Fun fact: getting injured on an offshore rig enough to receive disability without actually being handicapped is referred to as "the Louisiana lottery"

/at least that's what I call it
 
2013-12-07 12:53:06 AM

TheWhoppah: nickdaisy: It's ridiculous to think that some city in the redneck south would have good food. If you want high cuisine come tl Brooklyn for real innovation, or go to manhattan and spend a ton on French food. You'll never come close in Atlanta or Houston or any of these places.

2/10 Obvious troll is obvious


Funny enough, I swear I heard NPR use "New Orleans" and "food desert" (1 s, not 2) in the same sentence in the past week, and then complain about new market spots opening up offering pricey food options like free range chicken and artisan whatevers with the new gentrification wave.  Couldn't find it on their site, though.

/gumbo made from fridge remnants way outclasses ramen burgers
//NPR: low nutritional content talk radio without the bath salts but with the prescribed lithium, except when BBC cocaine news hour comes on
 
2013-12-07 12:53:30 AM

naugahyde monkey: Ok I have to laugh at the "no owes us money ! Any day now" that is such a New Orleans thing to say.

Fun fact: getting injured on an offshore rig enough to receive disability without actually being handicapped is referred to as "the Louisiana lottery"

/at least that's what I call it


No = Bp

/screw you autocorrect
 
2013-12-07 12:53:51 AM

Marcus Aurelius: Brennan's.  Isn't that Irish?


I think it's Pak. But I'm not going to Mars to find out.
 
2013-12-07 12:54:05 AM
Reading the article, I wonder if this might not be something of a strategic move on Ted's part.  After all, they still managed to sell the place to a cousin(Ralph), who may be able to obtain the trademarks & recipe collection as well.

It might be a way to 'whitewash' the business, writing off a ton of debt, while leaving it mostly intact.  Use the inevitable disruption to good ends, as Ralph is renovating the building, which might of been part of the problem.

While the trademarks & recipes are still in contention, one could argue that they're worth much less to somebody who would have to obtain property somewhere else to reopen the restaurant than it would be to the controller of the original restaurant site.  So they can probably pick those up for a relative song.
 
2013-12-07 01:08:12 AM

Mrbogey: nickdaisy: It's ridiculous to think that some city in the redneck south would have good food. If you want high cuisine come tl Brooklyn for real innovation, or go to manhattan and spend a ton on French food. You'll never come close in Atlanta or Houston or any of these places.

That's the most obvious troll I've seen on Fark in ages. It hits on so many levels any more and it would have collapsed into a trollarity that no lulz could ever escape.


I even did back to back.

I'm thinking of making this a thing--- most patent troll possible while still maintaining an iota of plausibility.
 
2013-12-07 01:09:19 AM
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2013-12-07 01:12:44 AM
Eh, big whoop, if I want authentic New Ore-leens food I'll just hit up the local Popeye's. Or cook up a nice skillet of Zattaran's if I'm staying in.
 
2013-12-07 01:16:27 AM
The wife and I did brunch there last year, and had a wonderful meal.

I'm a NOLA native, but my immediate family moved out when I was still a baby.  Brennan's was always on my "hometown bucket list", and I'm glad I was able to go there.  Perhaps it has gone down hill from past years, but I thoroughly enjoyed my eggs benedict, and especially the bananas foster.  :)
 
2013-12-07 01:24:35 AM
I have never eaten in any of the city's flagship restaurants. My mom always made all the classics herself and I haven't felt the need to go pay top dollar for something I can get for the cost of ingredients. Most I go to is Copeland's for a brunch special. The major New Orleans dishes like jambalaya, gumbo, etouffee, and red beans can be had pretty cheaply and just as good at a lot of small restaurants and cafes. The dishes were pioneered by poor folks who just had some basic ingredients. It doesn't take a top chef to make a good bowl of it. In my opinion, at least.
 
2013-12-07 01:25:56 AM

nickdaisy: It's ridiculous to think that some city in the redneck south would have good food. If you want high cuisine come tl Brooklyn for real innovation, or go to manhattan and spend a ton on French food. You'll never come close in Atlanta or Houston or any of these places.


I take it you never get too far outside of Brooklyn, right? Enjoy your coney dogs & pizza. That is an Epicurean delight.
 
2013-12-07 01:39:42 AM

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Eh, big whoop, if I want authentic New Ore-leens food I'll just hit up the local Popeye's. Or cook up a nice skillet of Zattaran's if I'm staying in.


When did you move to Jersey?
 
2013-12-07 01:47:03 AM

Peki: /you can keep the frog legs and okra though. I'll pass.


frog legs IIRC do taste like chicken. or what they are seasoned with. nothing wrong with frog legs besides needing to eat a couple dozen of them.

fried okra is good, again depending on seasoning. boiled okra -- nope - no way - no how.
 
2013-12-07 01:59:06 AM

Sugarbombs: Funny enough, I swear I heard NPR use "New Orleans" and "food desert" (1 s, not 2) in the same sentence in the past week, and then complain about new market spots opening up offering pricey food options like free range chicken and artisan whatevers with the new gentrification wave. Couldn't find it on their site, though.


The thing to remember is that a 'food desert' has a specific context in relation to poor people with limited access to transportation.  I used to live 30 miles from the closest grocery store; was I in a 'food desert'?  The thing about 'food deserts' isn't that food isn't available, it's that 'healthy' food isn't readily available.  Whether this is caused by the lack of a grocery store/supermarket or just that people in those regions tend to not buy the healthy food even if it's offered, is up for further study.

For a city the size of New Orleans, you could have a 'food desert' in the poorest districts even as the richer disctricts have the aforementioned botique stores opening.
 
2013-12-07 02:33:47 AM

Firethorn: Sugarbombs: Funny enough, I swear I heard NPR use "New Orleans" and "food desert" (1 s, not 2) in the same sentence in the past week, and then complain about new market spots opening up offering pricey food options like free range chicken and artisan whatevers with the new gentrification wave. Couldn't find it on their site, though.

The thing to remember is that a 'food desert' has a specific context in relation to poor people with limited access to transportation.  I used to live 30 miles from the closest grocery store; was I in a 'food desert'?  The thing about 'food deserts' isn't that food isn't available, it's that 'healthy' food isn't readily available.  Whether this is caused by the lack of a grocery store/supermarket or just that people in those regions tend to not buy the healthy food even if it's offered, is up for further study.

For a city the size of New Orleans, you could have a 'food desert' in the poorest districts even as the richer districts have the aforementioned botique stores opening.


It was my first time hearing the term this week, so I did a bit of research and have to say I'm just as confused over that phrase as those individuals warranting further study.  The somewhat agreed upon definition would put those living on the most implausibly diverse farm that is more than 10 miles from a grocery store in a "desert."  Same as a fully 100% impoverished urban community that all live less than a mile from a collection of bent-can stores that sell good food at a discount, but the stores are probably left exempt from the economists'/pseudo-economist-sociologists' "supermarket" list.  My jury is still out until I can find out more about those who originally wrote the message and how naive they may or may not be.
 
2013-12-07 02:33:51 AM
weknowmemes.com
 
2013-12-07 02:41:55 AM

Firethorn: Reading the article, I wonder if this might not be something of a strategic move on Ted's part.  After all, they still managed to sell the place to a cousin(Ralph), who may be able to obtain the trademarks & recipe collection as well.

It might be a way to 'whitewash' the business, writing off a ton of debt, while leaving it mostly intact.  Use the inevitable disruption to good ends, as Ralph is renovating the building, which might of been part of the problem.

While the trademarks & recipes are still in contention, one could argue that they're worth much less to somebody who would have to obtain property somewhere else to reopen the restaurant than it would be to the controller of the original restaurant site.  So they can probably pick those up for a relative song.


Doubtful.

Family litigations like this are ugly and mean. I'm surprised there haven't been any mysterious deaths or strange disappearances yet.
 
2013-12-07 02:55:14 AM

TheWhoppah: 2/10 Obvious troll is obvious


He's going for the lowest common denominator trolling all over the place tonight. Like he chugged a bunch of cough syrup and decided he's the greatest comedian the Internet has ever known.
 
2013-12-07 03:35:38 AM
I'm sure the food poisoning I got eating there a few years back--has absolutely nothing to do with their financial issues. It was probably just random. I am sure of it. <sarcasm>
 
2013-12-07 03:37:36 AM
Never heard of it.
 
2013-12-07 04:32:40 AM

Nabb1: Benevolent Misanthrope: Nabb1: That place fed off of tourists for years because locals had given up on it. It hasn't been very good in decades, but the name has a lot of cache. There are many fine restaurants owned by various members of the Brennan family, but this is a mercy killing.

Care to share the names?  I may head that way soon, and haven't been there since 2006...

Dickie Brennan's is an awesome steakhouse in the French Quarter, but it's pricey. Ralph's on the Park out by City Park is outstanding. Ralph also owns a seafood place on Bourbon that is really good called Redfish Grill. And of course there is always Commander's Palace in the Garden District. It's still top-notch.


Mr B's was good the couple times I had it. (Cindy Brennan, not sure how she fits into the family feud.)
 
2013-12-07 04:46:31 AM
Obviously they should've called Gordon Ramsay or Robert Irvine for help.
 
2013-12-07 04:56:05 AM

starsrift: Obviously they should've called Gordon Ramsay or Robert Irvine for help.


YES!

i2.kym-cdn.com
 
2013-12-07 05:21:00 AM

nickdaisy: It's ridiculous to think that some city in the redneck south would have good food. If you want high cuisine come tl Brooklyn for real innovation, or go to manhattan and spend a ton on French food. You'll never come close in Atlanta or Houston or any of these places.


You know, I actually respect you too much to believe that you're stupid enough to believe what you just said. Everybody on the continent knows that the best food in America, in all genres and categories and flavors, is found in New Orleans because of its status as the most important port on the continent. 75% of all trade goods that move over land or sea pass through it, giving us a vast wealth of influences and goods to choose from at bargain prices.

And it's a well-established fact down here that nobody north of the Mason-Dixon line knows how to properly season food (Here's a hint: Salt is not a 'spice',for flavoring, newbies).
 
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