BRG Hospitality’s Warbucks to open in New Orleans on November 10
BRG Hospitality has announced that its latest project, Warbucks, will open to the public on Saturday, November 10. Led by Executive Chef-Owner Todd Pulsinelli, Warbucks is an ultra-magnetic neighborhood restaurant that mixes technique and creativity in equal measure. Located on Magazine Street in New Orleans' historic Uptown neighborhood, Chef Pulsinelli takes his commitment to quality and the techniques of a fine-dining restaurant and reinterprets them for a playful and laidback environment with a casual selection of small plates, big plates, and desserts.
“I’m excited to surprise people,” says Chef Pulsinelli. “Right now, people know me best from the fine dining cuisine at August. While I will bring that same level of attention to detail and quality to Warbucks, this concept – one I’ve been dreaming of and working on for years – is an exciting opportunity to show New Orleans a completely different side of my personality. Warbucks is really a love letter to street food, skateboard culture, and a completely unique restaurant experience.”
The Warbucks Vibe
With Chef Pulsinelli’s modern and creative menu and a fun, playful atmosphere, the restaurant evokes memories of the classic neighborhood joints New Orleans is famous for. Warbucks is a love letter from Chef Pulsinelli to the city he calls home, sharing all things he enjoys – hip hop music, skateboarding, comradery, family, and of course, great food and drink.
Warbucks is open seven days a week for guests to enjoy lunch and dinner. Menu options range from Shrimp Rings with Fingerlime Cocktail Sauce, Corndog “Elotes,” Broccoli and Cauliflower Caesar, to an All-Beef Wagyu Frank with Crab Fat Coleslaw, and Zapp’s Potato Chip Crusted Drum with Green Goddess. Confections include a Neapolitan-Stuffed Twinkie, and a Praline Crunch Ice Cream Sandwich, to name a few.
Happy Hour specials will be offered Monday-Friday from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm and will feature discounted Mini Burgers and Burrata and Short Rib Hand Pies.
A New Spin on Magazine Cuisine
Named for Chef Pulsinelli’s rapper persona, Warbucks’ menu and décor harness the spirit of 90s rap, skateboarding, and hip-hop culture to serve up imaginative and eclectic dishes including Shrimp Rings with Finger Lime Cocktail Sauce, “This Burger” with Red Wine Foie Gras Butter, Oxtail-Stuffed Tater Tots with Blackberry Ketchup, and Lacquered Pork Belly Shiso Lettuce Wraps for lunch and dinner daily. In true New Orleans fashion, Warbucks features classic and large-format to-go cocktails and frozen drinks, as well as a full bar with rotating draft wines and beers.
Warbucks by Design
Designed by New Orleans-based firm Farouki Farouki, the look and feel of Warbucks draws upon the creativity and rebelliousness of 1970s California street culture, the geometric shapes and pastel colors of roadside diners, and the gritty textures and simple forms of skate parks from the era.
Warbucks is divided into several distinct but fluid spaces, including a lounge area for casual bites and kicking back, communal seating for larger groups, two chef’s tables for a glimpse of the action in the kitchen, a central dining space for more intimate, individual tables, a 16-seat bar, and a vibrant outdoor patio for al fresco dining.
Notable design elements include a street art mural by artist Thom Lessner depicting Chef Pulsinelli’s older son, a custom bar with a digitally fabricated lattice design inspired by the pattern on the bottom of a classic Vans skate shoe, an arrangement of the bar shelves and frozen drink machines to mimic a vintage stereo system, and a dramatic, 25-foot-wide glass tile feature that is inspired by angular 1970s graphic design and roadside signs.