OPENINGS & CLOSINGS: 1803
For those of you wondering what happened to the Church Publick, you’ll be excited to hear that it has reopened as 1803, a New Orleans-inspired restaurant. We spoke to the crew at 1803 to learn more about the new restaurant, and what the future holds for them (hint: a Jazz Club!)...
What inspired you to change the restaurant from it's previous name/vibe?
Many of the owners have been to New Orleans. Some of us go several times a year.
In addition to the fun times and great music, somebody always comes back home raving about the food. Of course the traditional New Orleans fare is what draws you in to start. But what really impresses each of us (as restaurant people), is how the local chef’s don’t stand pat. They take a powerful tradition and keep working to make it better and keep it alive. Some of the most innovative cuisine in the country comes from a city with less than 400,000 people.
What's your favorite thing about 1803?
That you can get some of the New Orleans experience here in New York. You can have a hurricane, enjoy dishes like grilled oysters, muffaleta sandwich, po’boy sandwich, bbq shrimp and grits while listening to Doctor John or the Meters in the background.
What can locals expect when they come to 1803?
Great food, crafted cocktails, French American wine list, good vibe, friendly service
Beautiful décor, and great background music. We will be serving brunch on the weekend and our kitchen will offer great late night menu until 12am every night which is hard to find in our neighborhood.
What's your favorite thing about running a local business in Tribeca?
The local people, of course. In addition, it’s the challenge of stepping up to the level of great chef’s and restaurants in the area.
How are you looking to evolve 1803 over the coming months?
First and foremost, we want to win the neighbors trust and develop a connection with the business and residential community. The next step will be starting to do delivery. And coming soon: A jazz club! Stay tuned...