Cajun Quietly Comes to Hell Square with ‘Parish NYC’

Posted on: February 15th, 2019 at 5:08 am by

Out of nowhere, this new Cajun spot for Hell Square. Parish debuted last month at 146 Orchard Street.

The arrival of Parish (the word for “county” in Louisiana) comes on the heels of Butcher Bar, the Astoria-based barbecue bar that shuttered back in September after little more than a year.

According to its mission statement posted on Yelp, Parish is “Inspired by the French Quarter in New Orleans,” while striving to “replicate that iconic joy of great food, great drinks, and great people in downtown NYC.” The menu features Po’ Boys, gumbos, and other area cuisine.

What’s interesting is that Parish simply appeared one day with signs taped to the front door. There was little or no prior neighborhood outreach or consideration before Community Board 3. Also of note is that the active liquor license on file at the State Liquor Authority is still for Alegre, the 2013 Peter Chimos (Frankie & Johnnie’s) concept that never launched here.

And so the trail of short-lived restaurants at 146 Orchard gets another hopeful. Although, this is an address familiar with failure. Before the smokehouse arrived in April 2017, the last occupants were APL and Orchard House back in 2013. Otherwise, vacancy has been the name of the game here.

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