New Orleans Historic Restaurants: Antoine’s
On our guided culinary history tours we will take you through the French Quarter and into some of New Orleans’ most celebrated and historic restaurants including Antoine’s where you will be able to enjoy some classic New Orleans dishes and discover the difference between Cajun and Creole cooking. Find out why we chose to include Antoine’s into our tours.
A Little History
Antoine’s Restaurant was established in 1840 by Antoine Alciatore, who was only 18 years old when he first opened the now famous restaurant. It is the oldest family-run restaurant in the U.S.. In its 179 year history the restaurant underwent a few changes. Antoine’s first location was on St. Louis Street, just one block from the spot the famed restaurant occupies today. In 1868, the restaurant moved to the spot on St. Louis Street where it stands today. After Antoine fell ill in 1874, his wife took over the management of the restaurant. After Antoine’s death, his son Jules served as apprentice under his mother for six years. Jules went to France where he served in kitchens of Paris, Strassburg and Marseilles. After he returned to New Orleans, he became chef of the famous Pickwick Club in 1887 before his mother called on him to head the house of Antoine. Jules invented the recipe for the world-famous oysters Rockefeller. Jules’ son Roy headed the restaurant until his death in 1972. In 1975, Roy’s son, Roy Jr., became proprietor and served until 1984. He was followed by William’s son, Bernard “Randy” Guste who managed Antoine’s until 2004. In 2005, Rick Blount, Roy Alciatore’s grandson became proprietor and CEO.
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