JUNIOR’S ON HARRISON SET TO DEBUT MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2019 IN NEW ORLEANS’ LAKEVIEW NEIGHBORHOOD
Neighborhood Eatery Offers Modern American Fare and Inventive Cocktails
Junior’s on Harrison (Junior’s), the highly anticipated new eatery by restaurateurs Nick Hufft and Lon Marchand of Hufft and Marchand Hospitality, will open its doors to the public on Monday, November 11th at 789 Harrison Avenue in New Orleans’ Lakeview neighborhood. Serving lunch and dinner seven days a week, with brunch to follow, Junior’s will cater to the diverse demographics of the area.
“We created Junior’s to be a casual contemporary restaurant that guests will want to return to again and again,” said Hufft, a Lakeview resident himself. “The redesigned space is warm and welcoming; the menu is modern but never fussy, and our cocktails are progressive yet not over-complicated. We hope Junior’s will feel as good for a Saturday date-night dinner as it does for a family lunch or a lively Sunday brunch. We’re excited to welcome our first guests and be a part of the Lakeview community.”
Helming the new restaurant is Executive Chef Jacob Cureton, a New Orleans native with nearly two decades of culinary experience in the hospitality industry. His impressive vitae includes stints at Emeril’s Delmonico, Annunciation and award-winning restaurant Atchafalaya. At Junior’s, Cureton, a New Orleanian to the core, brings his love for the Crescent City and extensive seafood knowledge to the plate; creating an innovative, modern American menu with sophisticated flavors and detailed execution.
Snacks and Starters ($6 - $9) are perfect for nibbling and include Cheese Curds with buttermilk ranch; Crispy Lemongrass Brussels Sprouts; and Blue Crab + Corn Fritters studded with roasted hatch chilis. Small Plates ($8 - $16) with big flavors include a weekly rotating Fish Ceviche; Head-On Gulf Shrimp roasted in a Calabrian chile butter; and a variety of Steam Buns with choices ranging from rock shrimp and bulgogi pork to a crispy Szechuan chicken. Main Plates and Sandwiches ($11 - $22) are hearty enough to share and include Steak Frites; Shrimp Tacos paired with an avocado slaw; and a Gulf Fish of the Week, prepared your way. Also on offer is the Junior’s Burger – a variation of the restaurant group’s signature burger which was a standout at the 2019 Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival featuring a double-stacked blend of chuck, brisket & short rib, made your way. For dessert, expect house-made ice cream from sister company, Gail’s Fine Ice Cream. Diners can also expect daily specials, weekly themed menus, pop-ups and more.
The delightful fare at Junior’s will be complemented by a libations program overseen by Beverage Director Tim Webb, who most recently helmed the bar at award-winning New Orleans restaurant DTB. Guests can enjoy signature cocktails crafted with house-made ingredients, alongside good wines, bubbly and a nice tap list that stays up to date with American beer culture. Cocktail standouts include the Curse Lifter – gin, vermouth and house-made cucumber-lime cordial and the Camp Water, a boozy bourbon drink with house honey syrup and fresh lemon.
Designed by Hufft and Marchand in conjunction with architecture firm Studio Cicada and Lanco Construction, the two-story indoor-outdoor eatery seats 110. Upon entering, guests can see the substantial changes made to the space and feel an immediate sense of relaxed sophistication. An open and airy lunch counter with expansive ceilings greets diners and a whimsical wicker chandelier (designed and created by Hufft) floats above. Incorporating natural woods, blue and grey hues, soft leathers, marble touches, handmade tiles, and tropical plants, Junior’s offers a variety of spaces to congregate. The upstairs bar (ages 21 & up after 4 p.m.) is the perfect perch to imbibe, as lively bartenders whip up creative concoctions. Communal high tops, bar seating, and vintage amplifiers and speakers create an intimate and cozy vibe. For more traditional dining, spacious wood and marble tables with comfortable saddle leather chairs and banquettes line the downstairs interior dining room. Upstairs, an expansive terrace is a delightful setting to enjoy a glass of wine after a long day or indulge in a Sunday Funday with friends. Uplit trees, and lush landscaping, with a variety of seating options will create a tranquil, al fresco dining experience.
Junior’s on Harrison, located at 789 Harrison Avenue in New Orleans’ Lakeview neighborhood, will open to the public on Monday, November 11, 2019. The restaurant will serve lunch at 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. and dinner at 3 p.m. – 10 p.m. daily. Sunday brunch forthcoming. For further information or reservations please visit www.juniorsonharrison.com.
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About Hufft and Marchand Hospitality
Hufft and Marchand Hospitality owns and operates a number of restaurants throughout Louisiana. Based in New Orleans, the group aspires to enhance the lives of its guests, employees and communities as a restaurant industry leader by developing and operating innovative and highly successful restaurant concepts. Owned by dynamic duo Nick Hufft and Lon Marchand, the group currently owns and operates Curbside Burgers and The Overpass Merchant in Baton Rouge, as well as Junior’s on Harrison in New Orleans. The homegrown restaurant company also owns a mobile creamery for hire, Gail’s Fine Ice Cream, and will open a brick and mortar location of Gail’s in early 2020.