Mother-in-Law Lounge

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The Mother-in-Law Lounge is a pub and a shrine in New Orleans, Louisiana dedicated to the memory of rhythm and blues singer, Ernie K-Doe. The lounge was originally opened by Ernie K-Doe in 1994, and it has become a historical icon in the local community. It was flooded with five and a half feet of water during Hurricane Katrina in 2005. With the help of the Hands on Network and Chet Haines, the lounge reopened its doors on 29 August 2006, on the first anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Mother-in-Law Lounge was owned and operated by K-Doe's widow and musician, Antoinette K-Doe, before she died during Mardi Gras 2009.

In 2011, local musician Kermit Ruffins agreed to lease the site, and it reopened on January 20, 2014.[1] Ruffins is now running the establishment as Kermit's Mother-In-Law Lounge.[2]


  1. ^ "Kermit’s Tremé Mother-in-Law Lounge – open at last; Speakeasy likely to close", Louisiana Weekly. Accessed 14 February 2014
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