For as long as it was located on Iberville Street, Christian's Restaurant had an ironic name.
The contemporary Creole restaurant was named for one of its founders, but after the place moved to its Iberville location in Mid-City the name seemed to take on a new meaning because the building it occupied had previously been a Christian church.
And there was no missing it. The steeple and stained glass windows were all intact, and the singularly ornate dining room glowed with polished woodwork and all the repurposed furniture and trappings of its former life as a place of worship.
Christian's Restaurant never reopened after the levee failure, but recently its old building has come back to life as. . .a church. The Christian Family Fellowship holds services in the renovated pink chapel at 3835 Iberville St. now.
And while the smoked soft shell crab and filet mignon stuffed with oysters for which Christian's Restaurant was known may no longer come out of its kitchen, the church does still serve a dinner, which set out for free each Saturday following its 5:30 p.m. service.