Katie’s Restaurant & Bar

At 3701 Iberville Street in New Orleans Mid City District you will find Katie’s Restaurant & Bar, a family owned and operated eatery. Katie’s has a wide array of foods such as pizzas, hamburgers, a huge choice of po’ boys and several creative spins on classic New Orleans specialities that are all sure to make your mouth water. Not only that but just like so many of the city’s neighbourhood restaurants it’s renowned for its great service and excellent hospitality. Like I say the place is family run and it shows, you’ll get the warmest of receptions from a team that create the friendliest of atmospheres.

Katie’s was first established in 1984 by Leo Leininger as a corner lunch restaurant. Looking for a career change as the oil industry began to wane his daughter Cathy proposed the idea to him and together they decided to name the place after her beloved grandmother. After nine years of successfully building up the restaurant the Leiningers decided to sell the place to the Craig family, who still own it today. The Craig’s had over twenty years of experience and together transformed Katie’s into full-service bar and restaurant. It became even more successful and it wasn’t long until Katie’s was well known as a Mid City mainstay. After a decade of good fortunes and hard work poured into the eatery, the Craig’s luck was about to change.

Unfortunately like so many businesses in New Orleans, Katie’s was attacked by Hurricane Katrina in August 2005. After seven feet of water had washed through the place, along with the raids caused by looters, it seemed like Katie’s couldn’t recover from such extensive damage. Scot Craig, the head of the restaurant and bar was devastated. The next four years he worked tirelessly to rebuild Katie’s, what seemed an impossible task to most. Amazingly he managed and in March 2010 the restaurant re-opened its doors to the public.

The restaurants belated silver anniversary celebration marked a fresh beginning and with it came a new state of the art kitchen, bar system and a Brooklyn style pizza oven. The neighbourhood restaurant was back. Katherine D’Aquin became a new partner of the company, originally from New Orleans she’d been a resident of New York for six years. She was a previous employee at Katie’s and returned to help bring the place back to its former glory. Though it’s been kitted out with new fittings and equipment inside and out Katie’s still has its warm atmosphere, friendly service and delicious food that it’s always been known for.

You can see the menu for yourself on their website. There’s such a huge selection it’ll no doubt be a tough decision to make, the appetizers alone leave you spoilt for choice. Personally I’d say you can never go wrong in New Orleans if you order a shrimp dish, though to be fair the same could be said for most food here. Whatever you decide, relax; you’re in safe hands at Katie’s Bar & Restaurant.

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