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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Maurepas Foods will close Oct. 5

Posted By on Wed, Sep 16, 2015 at 5:47 PM

click to enlarge Bywater restaurant Maurepas Foods is closing permanently on Oct. 5, according to owners at the restaurant. - COURTESY MAUREPAS FOODS
  • Bywater restaurant Maurepas Foods is closing permanently on Oct. 5, according to owners at the restaurant.

Bywater farm-to-table restaurant Maurepas Foods (3200 Burgundy St., 504-267-0072) will close Oct. 5. 

The restaurant’s executive chef and owner Michael Doyle confirmed Wednesday that the Burgundy Street eatery will be closing permanently after almost four years of service.

“We were just at a plateau,” Doyle said when reached by phone. “Every day I know exactly what I can buy from our farmers and I know the limits of what I can pay my staff – and I know that I’m not able to spend as much time with my family as I want to and keep it going.” 

Doyle, who formally worked as a sous chef at Dante’s Kitchen in the Riverbend, opened the restaurant in 2012, and quickly won accolades locally and nationally for his farm-to-table driven menu, creative cocktails and lively dining scene. 

The restaurant was considered a trailblazer in Bywater, setting the path for a swath of casual but hip eateries that adhered to a “local first” mantra when it came to procuring food from area farms and producers but at prices that reflected the bohemian demographic.

Doyle says it will be business as usual at the restaurant in its final days and that he is working to find new placements for all of his employees.

Doyle and his family own the building at 3200 Burgundy St., something that Doyle says renders them “lucky,” and that they are considering future options.

“I’m just looking forward to spending time with my kids and time with my family. I’ll probably have to cook again, eventually – that’s the nature of this. But I’m looking forward to taking a break, for a few seconds at least,” he said.

“It was a fun time and we had a good run.” 

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