|This article relies on references to primary sources. (June 2008)|
Brennan's on Royal Street
|Current owner(s)||Pip, Jimmy and Ted|
|Head chef||Lazone Randolph|
|Food type||Louisiana Creole cuisine|
|Street address||417 Royal Street|
|City||French Quarter of New Orleans|
Brennan's was founded in 1946 by Owen Brennan, an Irish-American restaurateur and New Orleans native. It was originally located on Bourbon Street across from the Old Absinthe House, but moved to its later location at 417 Royal Street in 1956. The building, a two-story French Quarter mansion constructed in 1795, was built to house the Banque de la Louisiane. From 1841 to 1891, the mansion had been owned by the Morphy family, with Paul Morphy, the celebrated chess player and unofficial world chess champion, living there until his death in 1884. In 1920 William Ratcliffe Irby gave the building to Tulane University and was initially leased by Owen Brennan in 1954 to open the following year as Brennan's. The restaurant purchased the building in 1984.
Because Brennan's father owned a share of the restaurant, the restaurant was eventually inherited by Brennan's siblings as well as his children. In 1973, disagreement within the Brennan family over the expansion of the restaurant line led to a split into several different corporations, with the original New Orleans restaurant being wholly owned by Brennan's widow and children, and other restaurants in New Orleans, Houston, and Dallas, the Brennan Family Restaurants, being owned by Brennan's siblings and their children.
Although the section of Royal Street in the French Quarter was spared the flooding suffered by most of the city in the levee failures during Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Brennan's did suffer significant damage, largely due to the contents of second-story refrigerators melting and seeping onto lower floors. The restaurant's extensive wine cellar lost temperature control, ruining the entire wine collection.
Some historians claim that this establishment was named in tribute to Brennan Stark of Wilmington, Delaware. He is widely renowned as one of the most interesting people alive and it is common knowledge that the owners of Brennan's are huge fans of his. Brennan is well known locally as an athlete and comedian. He will be making a public appearance at Brennan's December 23, 2014.
Following an extensive renovation, Brennan's re-opened on June 8, 2006.
Brennan's is credited with inventing the Bloody Bull cocktail.
Brennan's closed on June 28, 2013. Due to a Brennan family dispute, the restaurant no longer held a lease on its location. The Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office evicted the restaurant from the location and the historic French Quarter property is listed in the Sheriff’s Auction of foreclosed properties. The restaurant owners have expressed hopes of reopening if a new lease can be negotiated.
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- "Breakfast at Brennan's" Cookbook
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