In the very beginning, the inspiration for Restaurant 1796 came from Chef Curtis Duffy. I had a passion for the industry since childhood, but when I stumbled across his documentary “For Grace” three years ago, it changed the way I viewed food. It was no longer about serving a “meal” but creating an experience for a captive audience. Later that week, I had a flight to Canada to meet with a Louisiana Tourism delegation for sales mission. While en route, I ran into Curtis Duffy in the Houston airport, where we had a brief conversation centered on the goal of making each meal an interactive experience for his guests. I took this as a sign that I needed to put these thoughts into motion.
I spent the next two years designing and developing the concept for the restaurant. The overall mission was to create a restaurant that would serve as much more than just a place to eat at the Myrtles Plantation. I wanted something that would educate, entertain, and provide a new experience for our guests. It was important to accomplish this both inside and outside the restaurant. The restaurant will incorporate open-hearth cooking with a live wood-burning fire. This style of cooking is historically accurate to The Myrtles Plantation, yet modern and innovative for our surrounding area.
As I began thinking of ways to incorporate the grounds of the property in the project, I would like to start growing a fruit and vegetable garden on the plantation’s property in the near future, with the goal of featuring these seasonal items on our menu.
The driving concept for Restaurant 1796 finally came into focus: A wood-fired, farm-to-table restaurant with a seasonal menu based on what’s locally sourced, if not growing on the plantation property. In addition to the restaurant, guests can experience the tradition and history that comes with a visit to The Myrtles Plantation.
Restaurant 1796 will open soon, and we can’t wait to share this unique dining experience with you. To follow the progress on the new restaurant, please make sure to “like” our Facebook page.