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Ruby Slipper Brings Brunch to Burgundy

by M.D. Dupuy

Frenchmen Street is great for a quick bite at Mona’s or tachos from 13, but nearby residents lack options in terms of neighborhood dining.  Local restaurateurs from Ruby Slippers heard the call of the Marigny folk and brought brunch to Burgundy. That’s right, the breakfast favorite opened their third location on the corner of Touro, and they even added a new item to their expansive menu.


Owners Eric and Jennifer Weishaupt opened the original Mid City Ruby Slippers (139 S. Cortez) in May of 2008, and the breakfast/lunch business has evolved to include three locations. Eric Weishaupt said the hard part is over, and he’s excited to finally welcome customers into the long awaited spot. “We purchased the building in the end of February, and we were hoping to open by late August or early September,” he said.


The restaurateur’s spacious new digs have an airy, welcoming feel. Indoor Juliet Balconies open the upstairs offices up to hungry crowds below, and the yellow walls give the space a calming atmosphere. One of the more intriguing elements inside the new restaurant is a bank-wall-turned-partition.


“The bank wall actually came from an old bank in North Carolina, it was kind of my idea to help break the space up,” explained Weishaupt. “It was pretty overwhelming, 25 ft. ceilings, one big room. The old bank wall creates an extra room, where large parties can enjoy private dining accommodations,” said the owner.


Manager Brett Jones said the bank wall eases up the stress of serving large parties, as well as giving diners a more private option. “It gives us a lot more options. Ultimately on the weekends instead of having big tables and blocking people, they can be comfortable,” said Jones.


Weishaupt said the Marigny will offer guests a more personal dining experience. “We’re happy to be in the Marigny and have that neighborhood feel. Downtown (200 Magazine) has a lot of tourists, which is great, but we got away from that neighborhood feel there,” said the owner.


They’re still serving their classic dishes, plus a little extra. For breakfast, enjoy the Eggs Blackstone, the Migas (Tex-Mex egg scramble), or the BBQ Shrimp and Grits. Lunch includes everything from salads, to burgers, to the Reuben, and now the customized sambo, the Croque Marigny. 


Jones chimed in to add that the new space will continue supporting local farms and green-minded projects. “We recycle, and we’re about to get a contract back in place with NOLA Green Roots to do composting,” said Jones.


The kitchen will use Aquaponic Modular Production Systems, or “AMPS,” the guys responsible for the sustainable rooftop garden at the CBD Rouses


“We can’t have it as big as Rouses, but we want to have fresh herbs and tomatoes” said Jones.


Like so many emerging eat spots, Ruby Slipper is also sourcing Hollygrove for some of their ingredients.


“Hopefully we’ll get some specials back in here from Hollygrove, they’re really easy to deal with,” said Jones.

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