According to Todd Price at The Times-Picayune/nola.com, Restaurant Stella has closed. The restaurant was a longstanding flagship in New Orleans, known for several reasons. It was one of the priciest restaurants in the city, and it shares a notoriously strained reputation with actor Nicolas Cage.
For many New Orleanians, Stella was the anchor for memorable events. I’ve personally stood in the weddings of two couples that got engaged at the restaurant. It was a restaurant every New Orleanian who loves food hopes to dine in, both for its breathtaking food and gorgeous atmosphere. Its price point made it a once-in-a-blue-moon experience, but its cooking made it a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Chef Scott Boswell also owns the Jackson Square diner-esque staple Stanley, which will now stand without its Streetcar Named Desire sister restaurant.
Says Scott and his wife Tanya in a statement: “It is with heavy hearts that we announce Stella has served its last meal. We are grateful for the overwhelming support the community has shown us and humbled by the accolades Restaurant Stella has received. … Stella and Stanley would not have become what they are without the dedicated employees we have worked with and met. Closing Stella was the toughest decision of our lives, but we know that our renewed focus on Stanley is in the best interest of the long term sustainability of our company.”
We wish Scott and Tanya Boswell the best. Next time we’re in New Orleans, we’ll dine on the Eggs Stanley–fried oysters, poached eggs, canadian bacon, crole hollandaise, toasted English muffin, and a small pinch of Heaven–drop to our knees and belt out a “STELLA!” worthy of his restaurant.