Opening date pushed back for Brennan restaurant

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Ralph Brennan's new and as-yet unnamed French Quarter restaurant will open around Labor Day rather than in the spring as originally planned.

Nola.comThe Times-Picayune reported (http://bit.ly/1qoLQVg) the restaurant will open in the former location of Brennan's at 417 Royal St.

"It's the scope of the work," said Brennan, a co-owner. "I misjudged, and I did the same thing with Ralph's on the Park. It's a wonderful building, but it needed more work than we anticipated."

The pink building was constructed in 1795 and became Brennan's restaurant in 1956.

After foreclosure, the building was sold at a sheriff's auction in May 2103 for $6.85 million. Brennan and businessman Terry White bought the property.

Brennan said the downstairs layout has been changed and an entirely new kitchen will be installed.

In February, a second-story floor partly collapsed but Brennan characterized it as a minor setback.

"That structural issue probably slowed us down a couple of weeks," he said.

Brennan and White have not yet hired a chef for the new restaurant.

"We are interviewing people," Brennan said. "Hopefully, we'll be making the decision within the next four to six weeks."

A name for the restaurant also has not been chosen.

"We're still interested in the Brennan's name," he said, "but we have a plan B."

At this point in the project, Brennan and White have moved from structural concerns to focusing on the restaurant's interior design.

"It's starting to come together," Brennan said. "You see little things happening every day. It's exciting.

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Information from: The Times-Picayune, http://www.nola.com

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