Yesterday I called Tom Fitzmorris, Mr. Food on WSMB radio, who said that the Vojkovich family is definitely working on reopening. YES!
Apparently, part of the delay is that the Crescent City still had the original kitchen equipment installed in the place in the 1930s. As Mr. Fitzmorris pointed out, when you haven't looked at a kitchen equipment catalog since the 1930s, it might take awhile to figure out the lay of the land.
Today I snapped a picture of the beloved Crescent City. Please note the roofer hard at work and the debris cleared from the kitchen, lower left. This is what the early stages of World Class resurrection looks like:
To understand the excellence of the Vojkovichs' commitment, please consider their "neighbors," Ruth's Chris Steakhouse just a few blocks away.
In September, I called the newly relocated HQ of Ruth's Chris in Orlando. The chief executive told me that the Broad Street location "would not reopen." Of course, when he spoke to the Times-Picayune and local TV stations several weeks later (with the impending reopening of the Metairie store in sight), the same guy said that no decision had been made yet about the original location on Broad. ("No decision has been made": hmm, sounds a lot like that football franchise owner guy.)
Anyway, this is what Ruth's Chris looked like today:
Compare the first picture with this, which I took in early November:
I think it is clear that a decision has been made.
Please, anyone who reads this: eat your steak at quality establishments, World Class establishments--not cut-and-run establishments.
Also, please check The Third Battle of New Orleans, where Seymour D. Fair has several GREAT posts on the Ruth's Chris debacle, including pictures of the new HQ in Orlando.