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.
During the remodel, a wall which partitioned the downstairs space was knocked down, creating a larger bar area. An upstairs space will be used mostly for dining.
The new menu is a mix of the old and new Lucy’s, where Tex-Mex classics — nachos, spicy queso, guacamole, beer-battered avocado fries — meet more coastal and eclectic creations, including beer-braised mussels with smoked sausage, garlic, capers and tomatoes topped with manchego cheese and crostini, and citrus-cured ceviche served with plantain chips.
There’s also a bacon, brie and chicken sandwich served on Dong Phuong bread and a few sweet creations such as tres leches cake and Key lime pie.
Fans of the spot's signature boozy concoctions will be happy to hear much of the bar menu remains familiar to the post college-crowd clientele. There are vodka-fueled shark attacks, fishbowl-sized margaritas and scorpion shots.
Saturday’s “Tchoup Hop” party runs from noon until late. Guests are encouraged to don 1960s beachwear. Sample surfboards from City Surf will be on hand for guests to experiment their carving skills on dry land.
For more information, visit the bar’s website here.