Top Seven Local Bars to Watch the Super Bowl In New Orleans

Lucy’s Retired Surfer Bar 

If you’re in New Orleans for the 2018 Super Bowl, you’re in an optimal location to watch the big game from the comfort of a neighborhood bar with hot food and cold drinks. This is your chance to check out the local NOLA sports bar scene, which is burgeoning. Chow down on a po-boy and throw back a few beers, while cheering wildly for your favorite team to win Super Bowl LII. Here are GoNOLA’s picks for the best places to do just that.

Lucy’s offers succulent “surfer’s cuisine” and drinks with fun names like “The Shark Attack.”  Located in the Central Business District, it’s a great place to catch the game while staying relatively close to the action. 701 Tchoupitoulas St.

Bites in Brief: El Patio debuts downtown, Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar expands overseas

 

Lucy’s rides a wave overseas

The surf is up for Lucy‘s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant (701 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-523-8995), and this particular swell will land the New Orleans-based beach bar in the Caribbean and Central America.

The parent company of the well-known watering hole and restaurant in the Warehouse District is expanding in Costa Rica and Aruba.

The Costa Rica location opened Dec. 15 in Playa Brasilito, a beach town on Costa Rica’s northern Pacific coast. The Aruba restaurant is expected to open in February in that island’s capital of Oranjestad.

It’s the latest in a series of big changes for a homegrown New Orleans name that has a new owner with big ambitions for the Lucy’s brand.

The restaurant has since 2016 been operated by Kirkendoll Management, a local company that got its start in strip clubs and has more recently developed a restaurant division. In a news release, company founder John Kirkendoll explained the Lucy’s expansion overseas as part of a strategy “to diversify from the oversaturated, ultra-competitive U.S. market to international locations where Lucy’s brand will resonate with customers.”

At least one more location in the Caribbean is slated to open in 2018, and a representative of Kirkendoll Management said the company’s aim is to make Lucy’s “an internationally recognized brand.”

That brand’s origins were more modest. Lucy’s was one of the touchstones of the Warehouse District when the once-gritty neighborhood was changing into a hub of apartments and condos, restaurants and bars. Lucy’s history goes back to New York, where the original version opened in 1985. When its founders moved to New Orleans, they brought Lucy’s with them and opened in 1992 at 701 Tchoupitoulas St.

Known for its beach shack theme and tropical drinks as colorful as a coral reef, this local Lucy’s has long drawn a clientele of downtown denizens, visiting conventioneers, post-shift waiters from other restaurants and, on game days, throngs of Saints fans.

The restaurant has tried earlier expansions, though locations in Austin, Texas and Baton Rouge subsequently closed.

The New Orleans location seemed in peril recently as disputes between the founders and their business partners led to a brief name change. By March 2016, however, Kirkendoll bought into the business and by the summer completed a major overhaul of the property.

Last year, Kirkendoll opened a new Lucy’s in Key West. The same parent company runs a French bistro concept called Bonhomie in Austin.

THE AUSTIN BURGER BUCKET LIST: 27 BURGERS TO EAT BEFORE YOU DIE

Burgers — like their cousins, “pizza” and “taco” — are perfect creations. Every food group is represented, and they are a constant reminder of a simpler time… you know, before molecular gastronomy and Drake memes. Now, there are a lot of places making burgers in Austin, but only the best of the best stake a claim to our bucket list. Set out to conquer these 27 meat patties, which run the gamut: cheesy, elegant, greasy, divey, gluttonous, unexpected, spicy, rustic, and just plain perfect.

BONHOMIE

This burger is DE-CA-DENT. Get ready for double-stacked meat, melty cheese, onion, pickle, and dijonnaise between a perfectly buttery bun at Bonhomie, Philip Speer’s French-inspired diner. Try the cheeseburger with a stack of crunchy onion rings served with malt vinegar.

Holy Roller hosts pie-eating contest Tuesday to benefit SAFE

Raising money for a great organization while watching famous chefs gorge themselves on pie? Sounds like a win-win situation. Chef Callie Speer’s irreverent comfort-food spot Holy Roller (509 Rio Grande St.) hosts a pie-eating contest tonight from 6 to 9 p.m. to benefit SAFE (the organization that has joined Safe Place and Austin Children’s Center). So, who’s gonna be making a mess of themselves? The contestants include Aaron Franklin of Franklin Barbecue, Tyson Cole (Uchi), Shane Stiles (Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew), Philip Speer (Bonhomie), Laura Sawicki (Launderette) and more.

LUCY’S RETIRED SURFERS BAR & RESTAURANT ANNOUNCES GLOBAL GROWTH PLANS

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LUCY’S RETIRED SURFERS BAR & RESTAURANT ANNOUNCES GLOBAL GROWTH PLANS

New Agreement Calls for Lucy’s Debut in Costa Rica and Aruba

 

NEW ORLEANS, LA (December 12, 2017) – Costa Rica and Aruba residents and visitors will soon have a new sports bar and dining option. Kirkendoll Management, the New Orleans-based boutique hospitality investment firm, today announced plans to open two new Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurants (Lucy’s) in Costa Rica and Aruba. The two international locations will join Kirkendoll Management’s roster of restaurants, including Lucy’s restaurants in New Orleans and Key West, as well as a French Bistro-inspired American diner in Austin named Bonhomie.

 

Lucy’s opening in Costa Rica marks the brand’s first international location. The Costa Rican location will open December 15, 2017. The Aruban restaurant is anticipated to open in February 2018.

 

“We see international markets as an important growth engine for Kirkendoll Management’s Restaurant Division,” said John Kirkendoll, Founder & CEO of Kirkendoll Management. “Kirkendoll Management is particularly excited to diversify from the oversaturated, ultra-competitive U.S. market to international locations where Lucy’s brand will resonate with customers. We are thrilled Lucy’s will be the first US-based brand to open in the Guanacaste Province, and believe the concept will provide a meaningful addition to the Costa Rica community.”

 

The over thirty-year-old Lucy’s brand got its start in New York City when a California native opened the original Lucy’s on the Upper West Side in 1985. In 1992, Lucy’s moved to the New Orleans Warehouse District, where it’s been a mainstay of New Orleans’ nightlife. In 2016, Lucy’s moved even further south to Key West near the popular Duval Street.

 

“We gave careful thought when selecting locations for our international expansion,” said Jamie Munoz, Kirkendoll Management’s Restaurant Division Director of Operations. “We believe the Lucy’s concept and menu offerings will resonate with the locals and visitors of both areas.”

 

Lucy’s international expansion is bringing the brand’s coastal-inspired cuisine, drinks and surfer-inspired theme to Costa Rica’s Playa Brasilito beach in the Guanacaste Province and Oranjestad, the capital city of Aruba.

 

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About Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant

Founded in 1985, Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant offers coastal-inspired cuisine and surfer-inspired cocktails. Since its inception nearly 30 years ago, the Lucy’s brand has remained true to its tradition of providing guests an authentic and laidback place to eat, drink and mingle. Lucy’s menu features delicious options of appetizers, salads, sandwiches, tacos, entrees & vibrant cocktails. Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant currently has locations in Louisiana, Florida and Costa Rica and is owned and operated by New Orleans-based investment company Kirkendoll Management.

  

To learn more about Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant, please visit https://www.lucysretiredsurfers.com/.

About Kirkendoll Management, LLC

Founded in 1987, Kirkendoll Management is a privately-owned boutique hospitality investment firm based in New Orleans, Louisiana. Kirkendoll Management owns and operates restaurants and nightclubs in Florida, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Costa Rica.  In addition to its company-owned businesses, Kirkendoll Management has licensee operations in California, Florida, Michigan, Australia, New Zealand, and Russia.

For more information on Kirkendoll Management, visit the Company’s Website  http://kirkmgmt.com/.

Brand-new Austin brunches and lunches top this round of food news

Twelve of Austin’s brightest culinary stars (plus one lucky CultureMap food editor) are getting together December 12 at Holy Roller for a benefit for SAFE, an organization that aids women and children affected by domestic violence. Franklin Barbecue’s Aaron Franklin, Launderette’s Laura Sawicki, Parkside Projects’ Shawn Cirkiel, Uchi’s Tyson Cole, Eater’s Nadia Chaudhury, Via 313’s Brandon Hunt, Kemuri Tatsu-ya’s Tako Matsumoto, Bonhomie’s Philip Speer, Stiles Switch’s Shane Stiles, Central Standard’s Casey Wilcox, Nickel City’s Travis Tober, Juniper’s Nic Yanes, and yours truly will be stuffing their faces with pastry chef Britt Castro’s pies while guests will bet on which personality will take home bragging rights. Raffle tickets will be drawn for prizes including custom Neon Jungle signs and Yeti packages.

20 Austin restaurants for day drinking on a weekday

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Wine bottles at the Red Room Wednesday August 10, 2016. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Maybe work got cancelled due to weather. Maybe you have friends in from out of town. Maybe you’re playing hooky. Or maybe you’re just thirsty. Dip into one of these Austin restaurants for some day drinking on a weekday. (Because sitting in a restaurant drinking all day somehow seems more acceptable than sitting in a bar all day. Hypocrites.)

Austin Chefs Compete in Pie-Eating Contest, and More A.M. Intel

Austin chefs like Aaron Franklin, Tyson Cole, and Laura Sawicki are competing in a pie-eating contest, at downtown diner Holy Roller, which will bake up the pies. People will be able to buy raffle tickets and bet on who they think will win. There will be drink specials and pies for attendees as well. The raffle tickets are also good for potential prizes from the winning chefs’ buckets, like neon signage, Yeti goods, and more. All proceeds from the raffle tickets will go towards Safe. It takes place on Tuesday, December 12 from 6 to 9 p.m.

16 New Burgers to Eat Right Now in Austin

Burgers always make for a classic, hearty meal. Nothing beats a patty, meat or veggie, topped with vegetables, bacon, and spreads, all between two buns. To help you navigate through Austin’s latest offerings, here is Eater’s guide to the hottest and newest burgers found in the city within the past year, from new restaurants and food trucks to new menu additions.

AUSTIN’S BEST NEW RESTAURANTS OF 2017

BONHOMIE
Casual-yet-refined French/American diner with classic cocktails
Chosen as one of Thrillist’s Prime 13 best new restaurants of 2017, this French bistro/American diner mashup features the tinge of Asian flavors you’d expect from chef Philip Speer, former director of culinary operations at Uchi. Don’t expect to find any pretension here — Bonhomie is approachable, casual, comforting, and yes, affordable! The double-meat burger is oozing with Dijonnaise and cheese, the pommes rosti are crispy potato birds’ nests with toppings like roasted mushrooms, caramelized onions, and spinach (our favorite), and the croque monsieur and French onion soup are so over-the-top-rich that you practically have to share them. There are no literally no wrong choices, except not dining here — or drinking here, thanks to the full bar and fantastic cocktail list.

7 great Austin spots for weekend happy hour deals

We all know that happy hours are the best ways to decompress after a long day staring at spreadsheets. But why should they just be confined to the weekday grind? From the Herculean task of trying to finish Game of Thrones to the drudgery of trying to fold our fitted sheets, there are plenty of reasons to drink during the weekend. Here are seven of our favorite places to keep the buzz going.

Austin Monthly Names Its 9 Best New Restaurants of 2017

Austin Monthly has been revealing its best new restaurants of 2017 slowly over on social media. The list of nine restaurants and a trailer includes already-lauded places like the universally beloved Kemuri Tatsu-ya (Eater roving critic Bill Addison is a fan), barbecue trailer from Freedmen’s founding pitmaster Evan LeRoy, and two different takes on diner fare from the Speers, and others.

Enjoy a world-class dining experience at the James Beard Foundation’s Taste America in Austin

The James Beard Foundation’s Taste America will bring together a national All-Star chef, a James Beard Award winner, and a bevy of local talent for not one, not two, but three days of world-class culinary experiences in Austin from November 2 through November 4. For cocktail hour, a number of tastings will be overseen by chef James Zoller of Trace and will again include some of Austin’s well-known and/or rising restaurants including Barley Swine, Bonhomie, and El Naranjo.

THE MOST POPULAR DESSERTS IN AUSTIN ACCORDING TO INSTAGRAM

While every day is National Dessert Day in our eyes, technically that would be October 14. But, go ahead and treat yo’self while bolstering your social media presence with the city’s most photogenic goodies. They are sure to taste just as incredible as they look. After all, if it isn’t Insta-worthy, is it really worth eating?

How You Stay Married When You Both Own Your Own Restaurant

Two of Austin’s newest restaurateurs—the owners of Holy Roller and Bonhomie respectively—have been paying more than cursory attention to each others’ establishments since their recent openings. They’ve swapped advice and been a sounding board for each other, traded suggestions and even shared employees. The competition between them, in other words, is pretty much nonexistent.

TIM SPRATT PROMOTED TO SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF KIRKENDOLL MANAGEMENT

 

TIM SPRATT PROMOTED TO SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF KIRKENDOLL MANAGEMENT

Company Promotes Vice President as Company Expands Operations

(NEW ORLEANS) – September 18, 2017 – Kirkendoll Management announced the promotion of Tim Spratt to Senior Vice President. The announcement was made by John Kirkendoll, Founder, and CEO of Kirkendoll Management.

 

“Tim’s combination of dedication, hard work, initiative, and deal-making prowess earned him this much-deserved promotion,” said Kirkendoll.

 

Spratt, 32, joined the Kirkendoll team in 2011 and quickly advanced to the role of Vice President. As Senior Vice President, Spratt will focus on identifying new business opportunities and evaluating their potential and risks. Spratt will also continue to develop and communicate corporate strategies to internal and external stakeholders while ensuring Kirkendoll Management’s operations and investments perform at the highest level.

 

Mr. Spratt received a Finance degree from Louisiana State University, his Juris Doctorate from Loyola College of Law New Orleans, and his Master’s in Business Administration from Tulane University. He serves as President of the French Quarter Business Association.

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33 AUSTIN RESTAURANTS TO EAT AT THIS FALL

This is my list of the best Austin restaurants to eat at this fall. Some places are brand new and some restaurants have been around for a while. Either way, these are the places that I find myself not only recommending to friends and out of towners but the spots that BMW and I find ourselves heading out to again and again!

REVIEW: Bonhomie

The Austin food pyramid consists of fried things, smoked meats, and a solid bottom layer of chips and salsa/queso/guacamole. Some days you might try to balance that out with green juice, vegetables, and grilled chicken – and other days you just accept that resistance is futile, and surrender to carbs and cheese. Bonhomie is one of the city’s best places to do that.

KEY WEST: SEPTEMBER SPECIALS ABOUND

Locals need to be appreciated and how better to show the love than discounted food and drinks at the most popular restaurants in town? Every September, like summer cicadas, residents emerge from their air conditioning, clutching a Monroe County ID, and ask , what’s the best deal in town? This year, there are lots to choose from, from a $5 specialty cocktail to half off your favorite gourmet dishes. Have a look and maybe even try a new place just for kicks depending on the special.

Top Knot Announces August Uncommon Ramen Summer Series With Chef Philip Speer of Austin’s Bonhomie

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Austin chef Philip Speer, seen here on Tuesday, July 19, 2016, has know chef Paul Qui since the pair worked together at the renowned Austin sushi restaurant Uchi. Kelly West/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Top Knot, the new modern American restaurant with Asian roots that features shareable plates with market ingredients and flavors from Southeast Asia, Latin America, and Japan, will host Guest Chef Philip Speer for the final installment of the summer on Monday, August 28th.

23 Austin Restaurants Where Dessert Steals the Show

Dessert is the best course of any and every meal. No matter how full a person gets, everyone makes room a sugary finale. And there are different ways to go about satisfying that sweet tooth, from something light and refreshing like a parfait, or indulgently heavy like chocolate cake, these are Austin’s very best desserts around. End your meal right, order dessert first, or just eat nothing but sweets, these restaurants and food trucks will do just fine.

RESTAURANT REVIEW: BONHOMIE

Bonhomie is as much inspired by the French bistro as it is the American diner. Speer’s menu is heavy with Gallic references—a croque monsieur, rich with ham and Gruyere (make it a madame with a fried egg on top); a Lyonnaise octopus salad with delicately dressed frisée and thick lardons; a hearty cassoulet—but none are strictly traditional. That croque monsieur comes topped with a cheesy sauce that calls to mind a (way more sophisticated) queso. On the cassoulet you’ll find marcona almonds along with white beans and chunks of pork. The apple tatin, which comes with parsnip ice cream, showcases caramelized apples thinly sliced and stacked high, giving it a more elegant look than the typical homespun tarte. The profiteroles—my favorite French dessert, featuring choux pastry, vanilla ice cream, and warm bittersweet chocolate sauce—top a caramelized banana split, dressed up with candied hazelnuts. No Frenchman would ever claim these dishes as authentic (the French can be sticklers for that sort of thing), but that would be missing the point.

Bonhomie weaves French and American influences and makes it look easy

If you’re sliding into a place that bills itself as Waffle House meets Parisian bistro, you probably aren’t expecting to count calories or eat light, but Bonhomie can play to that crowd as well, with an awesome side of tangy and acidic haricot verts zipped with lemon and sherry vinaigrette ($9), and the textural explosion of a salad made with slow-roasted carrots, bitter greens, cumin-forward masala-spiced yogurt and nuts ($9). Though if I never hear a server say the word “roughage” again or ask if he could make anything “more perfect,” it will be too soon.

Bonhomie weaves French and American influences and makes it look easy

During one visit I wondered what would drive Speer and his partner, Sean McCusker, formerly a partner in the popular New Orleans cocktail bar and bistro Sylvain, to open such a concept. According to Speer, they decided to create the kind of restaurant at which they like to eat. And Speer had a sense it was one that the community surrounding the Burnet corridor would support, a hunch validated by a packed house at dinner. But the menu also feels like a great opportunity to simply show your skill. There is something leveling about bistro classics done right. It’s a high-low mix that blends time-earned talent with a baseline of humility.

What Austin Chefs Eat on Road Trips

Callie and Philip Speer, Holy Roller and Bonhomie

“We road trip to Houston most often, and always stop at Waffle House on the way, and Hruska’s (109 TX-71, Ellinger, Texas) for kolaches and drinks. On the way home, we always stop at Buc-ee’s (1700 TX-71, Bastrop, Texas), because, you know: chocolate-covered pretzels and beaver nuggets [sweet corn puff snacks].”

Austin city guide: What to do on a weekend break to the Texas capital

The recently launched project, housed in – what else? – an Airstream, is the work of local chef Philip Speer, lately lauded for his new diner-meets-bistro Bonhomie (19) (bonhomieaustin.com). Speer’s trailer doesn’t just serve great coffee and better-for-you bites – it also provides recovering addicts with jobs and donates a percentage of profits to other F&B businesses that employ people undergoing treatment. (Speer has his own past with addiction.) Show your support and order up a bowl of kimchi- and bulgogi-tofu-spiked brown rice porridge, paired with a pretty matcha or turmeric latte.

Restaurant Review: Bonhomie

Still, chef Philip Speer’s Bonhomie has arrived at such the right time that it seems almost prescient. The beatboxing “about us” website does a succinct job of describing the concept, so I’ll just quote it here. Bonhomie is a “French bistro-inspired American diner. Or an American diner-inspired French bistro.” Despite the fact that Americans tend to view anything French as being vaguely upscale, that good bit of copy teases at what is at the heart of Bonhomie’s menu – a brisket-stuffed croissant doesn’t have borders; there really isn’t that big of a difference between the comfort food of Pittsburgh and Poitiers.

French food is having a moment too, but I suspect Bonhomie isn’t the result of tireless market research. For one, it is a neat summation of his career, which started with haute cuisine and has more recently been on a casual trajectory. Regardless, Speer’s food has always seemed to combine sense and memory. Tasting this food feels personal, as if it were giving a glimpse into the moments that defined him as a chef.

Cheers for Speer – Mix one part Parisian bistro with one part American diner and voilà! Philip Speer’s Bonhomie.

Bonhomie—pronounced “Bah-na-me” and meaning “good cheer”—is the latest restaurant from the 39-year-old chef. Many people in Austin think of Speer primarily as a pastry wizard, thanks to his ten years with the Uchi group making wild concoctions like maple pudding with tobacco cream and Scotch whisky gel. He also helped open Bank Jean-Georges in Houston and Jean-Luc’s French Bistro in Austin. Some three years ago he departed from the upscale arena, starting unevenly with St. Philip Pizza Parlor but regrouping earlier this year with a cool little downtown coffee and breakfast/lunch trailer called My Name Is Joe. And since early spring, he has hit his stride with Bonhomie, where he still does pastry but has moved big-time into savory, as they say in the food biz. His timing is on point, because French restaurants seem to be having a bit of a moment; witness Signature in San Antonio and Brasserie du Parc in Houston, plus upcoming Bullion in Dallas and Le Politique in Austin.

Bonhomie Delights Chronicle and Texas Monthly Critics

This week, critics flocked to Philip Speer’s French bistro-inspired diner, which seems poised to become an Austin darling. In his review, Chronicle editor Brandon Watson believes the restaurant “arrived at such the right time that it seems almost prescient.” He praised both the classic French fare, like rotisserie chicken, French onion soup, and steak bavette, as well as the more American takes like the burger.

First Plates 2017

This buzzy newcomer has the aesthetics of a minimalist production of Barbarella, and a menu that could fool you into thinking you’ve snagged a seat at the hippest cafe on the French Riviera, with dishes like crispy octopus Lyonnaise, an already legendary burger, and an extensive menu of pommes rosti, crispy potato nests filled with everything from applesauce to foie gras. They say they’ll be serving brunch soon; we suggest you get in line now.

5350 Burnet Rd., 512/243-8558

What Austin restaurants did Austin Food & Wine Festival celebrity chefs love?

You know how you love to hit all the cool, delicious spots when you visit a town? Chefs are the exact same way. And they really know what’s up. It’s their job. So, where do you turn when you’re looking for a hot restaurant recommendation (well, the Austin360 Dining Guide, of course), but chefs also make great guides. You just have to know whom to stalk on Instagram. We saved you some of the legwork. Below are where some of the biggest visiting names visited while in Austin over the weekend.

Kirkendoll Management purchases Penthouse Club License

New Orleans-based hospitality management company, Kirkendoll Management, announced the purchase of the licenses of all 12 Penthouse Club locations across the globe for an undisclosed sum. The news became official on March 30.

The transaction capped nearly seven months of negotiations between the two parties, who started talks in August 2016. “We have been a Penthouse licensee since 2005 and experienced firsthand the power of the brand,” says Leigh Wright, director of brand strategy for Kirkendoll Management.

“In our first four years as The Penthouse Club New Orleans, we went from the number three club in the market to the number one (club). The new licensing agreement has been made as the overall Penthouse brand prepares for a rapid expansion in many verticals including media production, alcohol, and clothing. Kirkendoll Management is excited for the opportunity to immediately enter a broader reach both nationally and internationally.”

After becoming the new Licensor, Kirkendoll formed Penthouse Clubs Worldwide, which will offer current and future licensees technology, marketing, and operational support. Previously, Kirkendoll Management’s operations were limited to the southern United States, but that is no longer the case with The Penthouse Clubs’ international presence.

“As we gain experience and insight into different markets, we will take a much more global approach to the way we conduct business, analyze opportunities, and grow our Restaurant and Nightclub Divisions,” Wright says. “Now with four international Penthouse Club licensees and growing, Kirkendoll will become well-versed in managing and operating hospitality venues across the world.”

In the press release at the time of the acquisition, founder and CEO John Kirkendoll said, “Kirkendoll’s core value system revolves around a quality customer experience that is committed to excellence, and now we can translate this across the world. The Penthouse Club is about to enter an unprecedented period of growth, and we will be the driving force behind it.”

Part of that growth will be reflected in how Kirkendoll approaches its Penthouse Club licensed clubs moving forward. Wright points out how the traditional gentlemen’s club landscape is changing and shifting away from the conventional table dance model designed for single guys to a “much broader customer base and is more like a modern nightclub with great music and dancing. We see this as the club of the future, and plan to position the Penthouse Club brand as the premiere gentlemen’s club brand worldwide.” Currently, Penthouse Club licenses venues in the United State, France, Russia, Australia and New Zealand. While that number will certainly increase under Kirkendoll Management’s stewardship, Wright says the company will be “very selective in terms of whom we choose to be Licensees and where the clubs will be located. Only outstanding operators and select markets will be right for this premiere brand, and we will ensure that every club we sign on will add further value to the Penthouse name.”

Kirkendoll Management will offer technology, marketing and management support to all licensees of The Penthouse Club brand

New Orleans-based hospitality management company, Kirkendoll Management, announced the purchase of the licenses of all 12 Penthouse Club locations across the globe for an undisclosed sum. The news became official on March 30.

The transaction capped nearly seven months of negotiations between the two parties, who started talks in August 2016. “We have been a Penthouse licensee since 2005 and experienced firsthand the power of the brand,” says Leigh Wright, director of brand strategy for Kirkendoll Management. “In our first four years as The Penthouse Club New Orleans, we went from the number three club in the market to the number one (club). The new licensing agreement has been made as the overall Penthouse brand prepares for a rapid expansion in many verticals including media production, alcohol, and clothing. Kirkendoll Management is excited for the opportunity to immediately enter a broader reach both nationally and internationally.”

After becoming the new Licensor, Kirkendoll formed Penthouse Clubs Worldwide, which will offer current and future licensees technology, marketing, and operational support. Previously, Kirkendoll Management’s operations were limited to the southern United States, but that is no longer the case with The Penthouse Clubs’ international presence.

“As we gain experience ano insight into different markets, we will take a much more global approach to the way we conduct business, analyze opportunities, and grow our Restaurant and Nightclub Divisions,” Wright says. “Now with four international Penthouse Club licensees and growing, Kirkendoll will become well-versed in managing and operating hospitality venues across the world.”

Part of that growth will be reflected in how Kirkendoll approaches its Penthouse Club licensed clubs moving forward Wright points out how the traditional gentlemen’s club landscape is changing and shifting away from the conventional table dance model designed for single guys to a “much broader customer base and is more like a modern nightclub with great music and dancing. We see this as the club of the future, and plan to position the Penthouse Club brand as the premiere gentlemen’s club brand worldwide.”

Currently, Penthouse Club licenses venues in the United States, France, Russia, Australia and New Zealand. While that number will certainly increase under Kirkendoll Management’s stewardship, Wright says the company will be “very selective in terms of whom we choose to be Licensees and where the clubs will be located. Only outstanding operators and select markets will be right for this premiere brand, and we will ensure that every club we sign on will add further value to the Penthouse name.”

For more information, call (504) 267-5498, visit penthouseclubworldwide.com, or see them at their EXPO Tradeshow booth.

AUSTIN FOOD + WINE FESTIVAL IS BACK FOR GOURMANDS EVERYWHERE—HERE’S WHAT TO KNOW

Big bites: The Weekender pass provides access to daytime events at Auditorium Shores on Saturday and Sunday, so head straight for the Chef Showcase. On Saturday, make a beeline for the trio of Supper, Stiles Switch, and Southerleigh; Sunday’s worthy stops include newcomers The Brewer’s Table, Fukumoto, and Bonhomie by Uchi veteran Philip Speer, who says: “It will we great to show people who we are. It’s an awesome opportunity in one four-ounce bite.”

Kirkendoll purchases Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar

Kirkendoll Management, a New Orleans firm that recently expanded its management of strip clubs, has added a Warehouse District venue to its restaurant portfolio.

The firm has purchased Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant at 701 Tchoupitoulas St. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Kirkendoll acquired the lease for Lucy’s last year and spent $600,000 renovating the roughly 7,000 square feet of space that included a bar on both sides of the establishment on the first floor, new restrooms, a new HVAC system, redone upstairs offices and liquor storage, original finishes for all the flooring and a new paint job. A balcony overlooking the street was added recently as well.

The firm has expanded its restaurant division recently by opening a Lucy’s outpost in Key West, Florida. It has plans for additional restaurants across the country, according to a news release.

Penthouse Expands Worldwide Licensing

Iconic Penthouse (Penthouse Global Media, Inc.) and its subsidiary, Penthouse Global Licensing, Inc. this week announced a series of worldwide licensing ventures aimed at solidifying its position beyond the Adult Entertainment Industry into mainstream international business. Their ventures include entertainment venues, restaurants, television and motion picture production, and sophisticated product lines that include apparel, perfumes, wines and spirits.

“It’s been an unbelievable first year for us,” said Penthouse CEO Kelly Holland. “We first focused on rebuilding our infrastructure, which ultimately resulted in a dramatic turnaround across all of our business units. Now that the company is properly supported and profitable, we can turn our attention toward worldwide licensing.”

To that point, Penthouse and Kirkendoll Management of New Orleans, LA announced their agreement to expand the currently successful gentleman’s club brand.

“We are thrilled to enter into this agreement with John Kirkendoll and his team. His leadership and business acumen will grow the Penthouse brand in the hospitality and entertainment space domestically and internationally,” said Holland.

Founder and CEO of Kirkendoll Management, John Kirkendoll said, “Our core values have always revolved around a quality customer experience, and we can now replicate this around the world. The Penthouse Club™ is about to experience a period of growth that is better aligned with the growth the brand has been experiencing in its other product categories.”

Penthouse Turning to Worldwide Licensing to Expand Into Mainstream Businesses

Among the deals, is an agreement with Kirkendoll Management of New Orleans to expand Penthouse’s gentleman’s club brand.

“We are thrilled to enter into this agreement with John Kirkendoll and his team,” said Holland. “His leadership and business acumen will grow the Penthouse brand in the hospitality and entertainment space domestically and internationally.”

“Our core values have always revolved around a quality customer experience, and we can now replicate this around the world,” said Kirkendoll Management founder and CEO John Kirkendoll. “The Penthouse Club is about to experience a period of growth that is better aligned with the growth the brand has been experiencing in its other product categories.”

​Kirkendoll acquires licenses of all Penthouse Club venues

New Orleans-based Kirkendoll Management, the owner of the local Penthouse Club, will manage the same strip clubs worldwide.

The company announced in late March that it has acquired the licenses of all 12 Penthouse Clubs.

Kirkendoll will now be the focal point of operations, technology, management and marketing for the clubs and will manage and market all future venues. The company will also create a separate global licensing unit that will handle future expansion efforts, a news release said.

The new licensing agreement has been made as Kirkendoll prepares to expand worldwide with the Penthouse Club brand and holdings in its restaurant division.

In addition to its New Orleans location at 727 Iberville St. in the French Quarter and other venues in France, Russia, Australia and New Zealand, Penthouse Club has locations in the following United States cities:

  • Baton Rouge
  • San Francisco
  • Detroit
  • Denver
  • Philadelphia
  • Tampa
  • St. Louis

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Austin: French dip croissant at Bonhomie

“Leave it to Phil Speer to create the French dip croissant, which was already famous by the time Bonhomie opened its doors to the public at the end of March. Each crispy, buttery croissant is filled with brisket and comes with a pho au jus for dipping.

5350 Burnet Rd.; 512-243-7928

WHERE TO EAT IN AUSTIN NOW: APRIL EDITION

Philip Speer has come back to the dining scene full force after a few years of absence working on his sobriety. His two new restaurants are coffee and toast truck, My Name is Joe and Brentwood French-American bistro, Bonhomie. The latter features twists on French classics, like the pho croissant, which is meant to be eaten like an au jus sandwich with the meaty broth ladled on top of the brisket-stuffed pastry. Other standouts include the “pommes rosti” menu, which features potato pancakes/bird’s nests topped with variety of ingredients from apple butter and Greek yogurt to foie gras gravy and cognac, and the banana split with ice cream-stuffed profiteroles on top (pictured). The ambiance is casual with diner-esque metal and red leather booths and an open kitchen. It’s sure to become a neighborhood favorite in no time.

Kirkendoll Management Purchases Worldwide Licensing Rights to The Penthouse Club

NEW ORLEANS, March 30, 2017 — On Thursday, March 30, 2017, New Orleans-based Kirkendoll Management announced the purchase of the licenses of all twelve The Penthouse Club™ locations across the globe for an undisclosed sum. Kirkendoll will now become the centralized point of operations, technology & marketing for all licenses of The Penthouse Club™ and will manage & market all future venues. Kirkendoll will also create a separate Global Licensing Business Unit that will handle these future endeavors.

Founder & CEO John Kirkendoll says, “Kirkendoll’s core value system revolves around a quality customer experience that is committed to excellence, and now we can translate this across the world. The Penthouse Club™ is about to enter an unprecedented period of growth, and we will be the driving force behind it.”

The new licensing agreement has been made as Kirkendoll prepares for a rapid expansion both nationally & internationally with The Penthouse Club™ brand and their Restaurant Division.

The Penthouse Club™ licenses operations in the United States, France, Russia, Australia and New Zealand.

Downtown Living: April 2017

Looking for a festive way to unwind at 5 o’clock? Look no further than the Young Leadership Council’s Wednesday at the Square — a free springtime music series at Lafayette Square. Enjoy live local music, delicious cuisine and spirits from beloved vendors, and even a small arts and crafts village. Local food vendors this year include restaurants like Theo’s Neighborhood Pizza, Crêpes à la Cart, Voodoo BBQ and Lucy’s Retired Surfer Bar & Restaurant.

First Look: Bonhomie

2017 is hardly underway and it has already been an extremely busy year for hometown favorite Philip Speer, who opened his latest project, diner-cum-French bistro Bonhomie, this Thursday, March 23.

Given Speer’s background with what is now the Hai Hospitality Group, and his proclivity towards Asian-inspired cuisine, French food might seem like a bit of a question mark when it comes to his first solo project. But Speer’s relationship with French cuisine goes back to his Houston roots and the origins of his career as a chef, which began at age 17 when a close friend’s French father encouraged him to learn the craft of pastry making and then take those skills into restaurant work. In a way, Bonhomie is a bit of a homecoming for Speer, a come-full-circle project that allows him to showcase the same cuisine that ignited his passion for cooking.

Speer returns to restaurant scene with French-inspired Bonhomie

One of Austin’s top chefs has returned in full voice to the Austin restaurant scene with a new concept. Former Uchi culinary director Philip Speer opened BonhomieThursday at 5350 Burnet Road. The American bistro, which serves what Speer only half-jokingly calls a mash-up of a French bistro and Waffle House, serves lunch and dinner on weekdays, with brunch and dinner service on Saturday and Sunday.

“Where Tom Waits might take Lady Gaga for brunch,” Speer said to describe the concept.

The lunch and dinner menus from the pastry chef who has twice earned James Beard semifinalist nominations include dishes like a smoked salmon Reuben sandwich, croque monsieur, bavette steak with ratatouille, rotisserie chicken, and crispy octopus salad. The menus all prominently feature a selection of pommes rosti — think fancy hash browns — with pairings like roasted mushrooms, caramelized onions and spinach; lox, dill, caper and tomato; or foie gras gravy, cognac and soft egg.

Anticipated restaurant from top chef opens in bustling Austin neighborhood

Something new is cooking on Burnet Road. Bonhomie, the anticipated restaurant from notable Austin chef Philip Speer, opens Thursday, March 23.

The name, a French word that loosely translates to “cheerfulness,” reflects the restaurant’s French bistro/American diner aesthetic. A menu has not been revealed, but dishes that have appeared on social media include banana split profiteroles and a brisket croissant with pho jus dip. The American, French, and Asian influences are a fitting representation of Speer’s background with Hai Hospitality.

During his tenure at Uchi, Uchiko, and the now shuttered St. Philip, Speer was known for crafting innovative and creative dishes. He has also been a James Beard semifinalist in the Outstanding Pastry Chef category for multiple years.

Now Open :: Bonhomie

Meet the new French kid on the corner of the AMLI building on Burnet Road.

What do you get when you mix caviar and hash browns? The kind of culinary adventures being dished out at Bonhomie, officially opening today on Burnet Road. We pulled up a stool at the French bistro meets American diner to clink, conversate and catch up on the top 7 things you need to know before hitting the sure-to-be hot spot.

  1. Chef Philip Speer, the man behind the inventive dishes – think brisket croissants with Pho jus and one of the best burgers we’ve ever eaten – is also one of the owners behind newly opened coffee and breakfast trailer My Name is Joe.
  2. The soulful sip and sup soundtrack piped throughout the restaurant was a collaboration between restaurant partner Sean McCusker and Wilco bassist John Stirratt.
  3. The supremely rad handmade aprons on the servers are custom made by Tilit, the NYC brand that was just in Austin to celebrate Indie Chefs Week.
  4. French-inspired custom plates tout the restaurant name which means good natured or feeling of friendliness amongst a group of people.
  5. A weekend brunch menu will launch next week featuring Speer’s divine vertical pancakes.

Feel at Home With Philip Speer’s New Neighborhood Diner Bonhomie

One of Austin’s most anticipated restaurant openings of 2017 is finally here. Bonhomie, the French bistro and American diner from chef Philip Speer, swings its doors open on Thursday, March 23 on Burnet Road.

Eater ducked inside the Brentwood restaurant, full of red leather booths and banquettes, open kitchen, black walls, a bar with seating, and tables lining the outdoors for al fresco dining. Take a tour of the space below.

As for food, it’s safe to expect Speer’s signature Asian touches throughout the casual menu full of diner classics. Take the brisket croissants with pho jus dip. Plus there are already-lauded banana split profiteroles, hash browns with foie gras, pomme rosti with creme fraiche and caviar, roasted chicken, burgers, onion rings, and much more.

Catch the Wave of Fun and Good Food at Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant

You don’t have to be a surfer to enjoy the food and fun at Lucy’s, the new eatery at 320 Grinnell, at the corner of James Street. While Lucy’s pays tribute to some of the surfing greats like Tom Blake, Whitely Harrison, Herbie Fletcher, and Dewey Weber, the important thing here is the food. Food which is tasty, filling and different; made with fresh ingredients, freshly prepared.

In fact, everything about Lucy’s says new and fresh. The ambiance is modern and airy, the service is friendly, and while you’re sure to find your old favorite food orders here, the menu is creative, and homemade.

For instance, one of the favorite Lucy starters is Avocado Fritas, a beer-battered avocado topped with black bean salad and chipoltle ranch.

“A lot of people have never tried a deep-fried avocado before, but as soon as they taste it, they say, ‘wow. That’s really awesome,’ ” said Lucy’s General Manager Scott Taylor

Before a day on the water, a whole raft of breakfast specials will keep you going. The Whitey Harrison Huevos Rancheros, BBQ Pulled Pork Hash with potato, peppers, onion and jalapeno topped with two fried eggs will stick to the ribs. Or try the lip-smacking Tom Blake Benedict.

At noon, the Juicy Lucy. a burger that’s out of this world, features Lucy’s special sauce.

Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar adds gallery to continue transformation

A popular Warehouse District watering hole continues to upgrade its facilities after new management took over last year.

Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar at 701 Tchoupitoulas St. opened a new 420 square-foot gallery covering the river-facing side of the restaurant. The addition brings the business’ total space to 4,280 square feet.

“There is no better time to open a balcony downtown than Mardi Gras, and we look forward to being even more of a party destination,” said Jamie Munoz, director of operations of Kirkendoll Management’s restaurant division.

Locals Feel the Love at Lucy’s Surf Bar

One of the island’s newest restaurants has broken the Key West restaurant code: If the locals like you, the rest will find you.

And since Sept. 19, boat captains, bartenders and bookkeepers are liking what they find at the new Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar and Restaurant.

“We spend so much time in this town serving our visitors in so many ways,” said Scott Taylor, Lucy’s general manager and a Key West restaurant veteran. “We want the locals to come here, relax and be served by us. We’re a locally driven bar and restaurant where everyone can find great food, affordable drinks and a great time.”

Lucy’s bartender Ryan Parker touted the surf bar’s happy hour, with $3 beers and well drinks and half-price appetizers.

CATCH THE WAVE: HANG LOOSE AT LUCY’S

Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar and Restaurant has hit Key West like the big Kahuna. Open just a few weeks, they have made a big splash on the corner of Grinnell and James streets, garnering local support and rave reviews with their kick-off party. Nightly the restaurant has seen a full house while the word has spread about the easy-going eatery with a coastal menu.

This is the second location for Lucy’s, the original is in New Orleans. (It’s easy to marry Cajun flavors with the Key West party atmosphere.) Happy hour is already a success with $3 house wine, draft beer and well drinks and half-off appetizers. With the newly renovated bar, there is enough room for everyone to enjoy a drink or two like the Worm shot (tequila with vodka-soaked worm) or the Scorpion, (gold tequila with vodka-soaked scorpion). Those brave enough get a complimentary T-shirt while supplies last.

The lunch and dinner menu has a bevy of favorites. Burgers, sandwiches — including New Orleans’ style Po’ boys — tacos, and fresh salads are available but get your seafood on with some of their finer specialties. Start the night with the Shaka Ceviche, fresh local fish cured in a citrus marinade served with avocado and plantain chips, or the Avocado Fritas, delicious beer battered fried avocados. So far, locals are showing a preference for the loaded, beer-braised mussels and the classic shrimp ‘n’ grits topped with a little honey jalapeño just to kick it up a notch. Locals are usually picky about Key Lime dessert, but the Key Lime Mousse with crushed pistachios, is light and airy, without the tart aftertaste.

“We want people to feel like it’s been here for years,” said Lucy’s Marketing Director Leigh Wright. “This location fit because we really want to be a part of the community and create a good place for locals to come.”

On Wednesday, Oct. 26, make plans to attend the “Blue Party.” The ocean-inspired fiesta will have a costume contest, food and drink specials, and Patrick and the Swayzees playing live. For more about Lucy’s go to www.lucysretiredsurfers.com.

 Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant

320 Grinnell St. | 305.922.2616.

Open at 11 a.m. on weekdays and at 10 a.m. on weekends, until late.

“LUCY’S LOVES KEY WEST TRADITION AND IS VERY DOG FRIENDLY!” — LEIGH WRIGHT, LUCY’S MARKETING DIRECTOR

Catch The Wave: Hang Loose at Lucy’s

Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar and Restaurant has hit Key West like the big Kahuna. Open just a few weeks, they have made a big splash on the corner of Grinnell and James streets, garnering local support and rave reviews with their kick-off party. Nightly the restaurant has seen a full house while the word has spread about the easy-going eatery with a coastal menu.

This is the second location for Lucy’s, the original is in New Orleans. (It’s easy to marry Cajun flavors with the Key West party atmosphere.) Happy hour is already a success with $3 house wine, draft beer and well drinks and half-off appetizers. With the newly renovated bar, there is enough room for everyone to enjoy a drink or two like the Worm shot (tequila with vodka-soaked worm) or the Scorpion, (gold tequila with vodka-soaked scorpion). Those brave enough get a complimentary T-shirt while supplies last.

Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar Reopens With Revamped Bar, New Menu

Never the bashful type, Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar has been under wraps for much of the summer. But now Lucy’s is ready for its close up.

The popular Warehouse District bar and restaurant has fully reopened after an extensive renovation. That work doubled the size of its bar, cleared the way to a second floor dining room and remodeled the kitchen and back-of-house areas.

Along the way, Lucy’s got a new menu. It mixes the old staples like fish tacos, queso dip and jerk chicken with an expanded range, to the tune of avocado fries, rib eye steaks and mussels with capers and sausage.

“The goal was to bring Lucy’s up a level, but not lose where we came from and what people love about this place,” said Jorge Henriquez, who runs the restaurant division for Kirkendoll Management, the company behind Lucy’s revamp.

Revamped Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar Throws Block Party Aug. 20

Following several months of renovations and a brief name change, Lucy’s Retired Surfer Bar & Restaurant (701 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-523-8995) is open again, with an expanded bar and dining space and an updated menu.

The Warehouse District watering hole popular with the after-work CBD crowd went through a name change earlier in the year — briefly becoming 701 Bar during a trademark dispute with one of the restaurant’s former partners. The restaurant’s owners quickly reclaimed the Lucy’s name after adding partners at Kirkendoll Management.

The restaurant’s revamp is a precursor to a Lucy’s launch in Key West, Florida, which will open in mid-September.

Kirkendoll Management’s Nightclub Division Wins “2016 Best Club of the Year: South” Award at Exotic Dancer Publication’s Gentlemen’s Club Owner Convention

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John Miller, General Manager, and Raife Whiting, Manager, of The Penthouse Club New Orleans accept the award for Best Club of the Year: South.

NEW ORLEANS, LA (August 9, 2016) – Kirkendoll Management has reaffirmed public opinion of their outstanding leadership in the gentlemen’s club industry. The Penthouse Club New Orleans, a licensee of the brand name yet owned and operated solely by Kirkendoll, won Best Club in the South.

John Miller, General Manager of The Penthouse Club New Orleans, accepted the award at the ED Award Show. Miller, an 18-year veteran employee of Kirkendoll Management said, “Our staff in this location is phenomenal as well as the office working behind the scenes. Through due diligence on everyone’s part we keep rolling from year to year only looking to compete against, and better, ourselves.”

CEO John Kirkendoll says, “This award means a lot to us, but we also work hard every day not just for awards, but to be the best in the business. Once again, our managers and staff have proven that.”

Kirkendoll Management is a small corporation located in Downtown New Orleans. Kirkendoll Management, LLC is dedicated to providing the best quality, environment, and experience in the entertainment and hospitality industry. With subsidiary companies in southeastern Louisiana and beyond our sincere attention to detail at every level combines to create the ultimate entertainment experience.

The Search Is On For The Best Bloody Mary’s In New Orleans

One of the most delicious Bloody Mary’s came from Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar and Restaurant. There was nothing basic about this drink. We reached out to them and asked them to tell us how they make their Bloody Mary’s and they were willing to share their recipe with us.

Here is what makes Lucy’s Bloody Mary’s one of the best in New Orleans:

The vodka is infused for two weeks with a combination of cilantro, garlic, celery, onions, and bell peppers, and a healthy shot is poured into a cajun seasoning rimmed pint glass and filled with Zing Zang Bloody Mary mix. Then they finish it with a skewer of all the necessities, jalapeno, cherry tomato, pickled onions and green beans, everyone’s favorite green olives, a lemon and lime, and a giant stalk of celery to make it stand out.

Kirkendoll Management Adds Dickie Brennan & Co.’s Veteran Jamie Munoz to Restaurant Division Roster

Kirkendoll’s Restaurant Division Continues to Experience Growth in Staff and Property Portfolio

NEW ORLEANS, LA (April 14, 2016) – Kirkendoll Management has added yet another food & beverage powerhouse to its recently established Restaurant Division in the form of Jamie Munoz in the role of Director of Operations – Restaurant Division.

Munoz, who reports to Jorge Henriquez, Chief Operations Officer – Restaurant Division, says, “The evolution of my career continues as I join a team devoted to quality and end-user experience.  I hope to add my efficiency, strategy and panache to this recently-established team.”

In addition to Dickie Brennan’s, Munoz has had stints at Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Razzoo and City Lights.

CEO John Kirkendoll says, “The addition of the expertise of Jamie Munoz further adds credence to Kirkendoll’s commitment to the newly-established Restaurant Division.”

Munoz’s community engagement ranges from hospitality to sports and children’s initiatives; roles include Restaurant Leader for the Master’s at Augusta National, VP of the Board for the New Orleans Oyster Festival and Member of the Louisiana Restaurant Association.

Munoz studied business at Southeastern University and graduated from Alfred Bonnable High School.

Kirkendoll Management is a small corporation located in Downtown New Orleans. Kirkendoll Management, LLC is dedicated to providing the best quality, environment, and experience in the entertainment and hospitality industry. With subsidiary companies in southeastern Louisiana and beyond our sincere attention to detail at every level combines to create the ultimate entertainment experience.

Philip Speer Gets Friendly With New Restaurant Bonhomie

Philip Speer announced more details on his impending Burnet Road restaurant during a pop-up dinner at Rebecca Masson’s Fluff Bake Bar in Houston last night. Called Bonhomie, the preview dinner featured with French onion eclairs, hash browns with foie gras gravy, and banana split mille feuille.

Bonhomie will be a full service neighborhood restaurant, Speer told Eater previously. It will take over and combine two spaces within the Amli 350 apartment building. The complex used to house Roll On Sushi until December. Restaurant and bar neighbors include The Peached Tortilla, Lucy’s Fried Chicken, Ginny’s Little Longhorn Saloon, Fonda San Miguel, and Epicerie.

Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar is Out of Retirement!

NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) — In January, the family-owned Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar was stripped of its name, and surfboards during a legal battle between owners, Susan and Bruce Rampick, and their former partners.

The bar that has occupied the space at 701 Tchoupitoulas Street for 22 years was renamed 701, and the future of the neighborhood staple was questionable.

But the original owners and staff ride again!

Susan and Bruce Rampick are ecstatic to bring back what they refer to as their “first born.”

Susan says that the love she has for the bar and the ties it has to her family are immeasurable.

“That’s where my husband and I met. That’s where our kids were raised. It’s just our family. It’s so great to be back; I can’t even tell you,” remarked Rampick.

Lucy’s Retured Surfers Bar, Out of Retirement, Reopens with Original Owners & New Partners

The surfboards are going back up at the bar and eatery on the corner of Tchoupitoulas and Girod streets. The name that people have long associated with this Warehouse District hot spot has returned too, and so have its founders, along with a new partner.

Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar plans to officially reopen on Thursday following a round of legal tumult that briefly changed its name and put its future in question.

“We’re still pinching ourselves; we feel lucky,” said Bruce Rampick, who founded Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar and for decades ran the business with his wife, Susan.

The couple now run the restaurant and bar in partnership with Kirkendoll Management, a New Orleans-based company that operates the Penthouse Club and other strip clubs in Louisiana.

Lucy’s Rides Again with Brennan Vet in Charge

Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant vanished from the Warehouse District in January after more than two decades of serving up beers, scorpion shots and wild times. A dispute between the founder, Bruce Rampick, and the operator, TWTB, led to a federal judge stripping the bar of its name and surfboard decor.

On Thursday (March 7), Lucy’s officially returns. And the surfboards are back on the walls.

Kirkendoll Management, which runs the Penthouse Club on Bourbon Street and other strip clubs, has a 100-year license for the Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant’s name. Kirkendoll will operate the bar and restaurant in partnership with Rampick and his wife Susan.

Kirkendoll Management to Launch Restaurant Division

Dickie Brennan Restaurant Group Alum Jorge Henriquez to Become Chief Operating Officer – Restaurant Division

NEW ORLEANS, LA (February 18, 2016) – Kirkendoll Management, the purveyors of four nightlife establishments across the state, has launched a new, restaurant-focused division to be helmed by former Dickie Brennan Director of Operations Jorge Henriquez.

Henriquez, who had individual roles at both Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse and Commander’s Palace before his corporate title, hopes to bring his focus on quality experience and customer & employee satisfaction to his new job.

Henriquez states, “What drew me to Kirkendoll was the opportunity to start a new venture in a company already focused on a high-level of standards for employees and world-class experiences for customers. My personal mantra for functioning in the restaurant business seemed to perfectly synthesize to their corporate doctrine.”

Kirkendoll’s restaurant division plans to expand the entity’s portfolio to include unique establishments throughout New Orleans & the country, and CEO & Founder John Kirkendoll says there will be some well-known entities joining their group in the near future—with Henriquez helming these developments.

Kirkendoll continues, “Our restaurant division is an exciting extension of our current collection, but our commitment to quality will continue to span both our nightlife and restaurant holdings. I feel there is no better professional to implement our overall corporate mantra than Jorge Henriquez.”

In addition to his new role, Henriquez’s will continue to function as the Manager of Guest Services at the VooDoo Music Festival, a member of the Vieux Carrie Commission and a Member of the Board of Directors of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation. Henriquez, a four year football standout at LSU graduated from there in 1988.

Kirkendoll Management, a leading hospitality company, is located in Downtown New Orleans. Kirkendoll Management, LLC is dedicated to providing the best quality, environment, and experience in the entertainment and hospitality industry. With subsidiary companies in southeastern Louisiana and beyond our sincere attention to detail at every level combines to create the ultimate entertainment experience.

The Definitive Guide to New Orleans’ Best Strip Clubs

Best Overall – Penthouse Club

The Penthouse Club has long been the king (queen?) of the New Orleans strip club scene. Known for having the most beautiful dancers in town, the space itself is downright opulent, with two floors and three bars — all brightly lit, so you can see the club is something straight out of Scorsese’s Las Vegas, right down to the “Executive Suite” and neon-lit Penthouse Suites overlooking the main stage. Covers are a fairly reasonable $12, and dances will run you around $40. However, beware the upsell; everyone from dancers to servers is looking to keep the chandeliers on in such an impressive setup. It’s certainly your classiest option for a New Orleans bachelor party, with VIP packages starting at $350.