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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Houston’s vet tapped to helm new Metairie restaurant

Posted By on Thu, Aug 20, 2015 at 2:23 PM

The Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts group has hired longtime Houston’s general manager Robert Hardie to helm a new restaurant in the space formerly occupied by the chain's shuttered Metairie location. 

Hardie, a 26-year veteran of the Hillstone Restaurant Group, which owns Houston’s, oversaw operations at the Metairie restaurant for 17 years before the parent company announced it was closing the location on Veterans Memorial Boulevard earlier this year. Hardie also worked for seven years as general manager at the New Orleans location (1755 St. Charles Ave.; 504-524-1579;, which remains open. 

When the steak and seafood bistro shuttered in May, fans of the Metairie restaurant flocked to Facebook and other social media websites to vent their frustrations.

Creole Cuisine, which operates Broussard's, Kingfish and seven Big Easy Daiquiri bars among other restaurants, purchased the property at 4241 Veterans Memorial Blvd, earlier this year. It will open an as-yet-unnamed American-style bistro there. Hardie will serve as its general manager and be a part owner of the company.

“I’m really excited to be back at the location, the same place I started working back in 1989,” Hardie says. “I know it left a void in that market (when Houston’s closed), and we’re looking forward to welcoming back the community."

Plans for the new restaurant are being finalized, Hardie says, but the space will undergo minor renovations, and the owners are hoping to open in late fall.

The menu will feature standard bistro dishes like burgers, steaks and salads, and also will include less traditional fare. “We want to etch our own mark in the restaurant industry,” Hardie says.

Local businessman Todd Trosclaire will maintain the property investment with the group. 

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