The New Orleans Menu
Forty years ago, Rampart Street–the thirteen blocks of it that formed the northwestern frontier of the French Quarter–looked is though it would shortly be the place to be. Nice wide avenue, with lots of available space in cool old buildings, the Municipal Auditorium, and the soon-to-open Armstrong Park, where the Jazz Festival was recently born. A handful of serious, much-talked-about restaurants opened. All this played out by the mid-1980s, with a sort of literal death knell when Marti Shambra died and his trendsetting restaurant vanished. Even though the excellent Peristyle took over the space for a good while, the idea of a reborn Marti’s kept floating around. It finally came to ground in 2013, right about where it would be if it and Marti had never left….