Sucre macarons will quickly be again, and so will the model’s gelato and, for Carnival time, its well-liked, eye-catching king cake.
The once-prominent New Orleans dessert emporium abruptly shut down in 2019. Now it has a brand new proprietor who’s getting ready Sucre for a contemporary begin.
Ayesha Motwani purchased Sucre’s identify and recipes, and she or he is now within the technique of renovating the Sucre’s authentic location, a storefront at 3025 Journal St. She expects to open quickly after Thanksgiving.
“All people can count on the identical style and high quality, the identical degree of precision and seasonal flavors,” Motwani stated. “We wish to take what and elevate it.”
The chief chef for this new Sucre is Ashley McMillan. She was government sous chef at Sucre for 3 years earlier than the outdated model’s closure, and later labored as government pastry chef on the Ritz-Carlton.
What’s completely different about this new Sucre is necessary too although.
“It’s the identical identify and the identical recipes, however a brand new firm, new possession and a brand new vibe,” Motwani stated.
Sucre bought its begin in 2006 and was an early success story because the New Orleans meals scene revamped after Hurricane Katrina. Finally it had three retailers and its sweets had been offered nationally on-line and at shops throughout the world.
By 2016, although, Sucre co-founder Joel Dondis had left his administration function within the firm. In 2018, co-founder Tariq Hanna, who was the face of the model for years, left Sucre below what was later revealed to be a raft of sexual harassment accusations.
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In June of the next 12 months, Sucre met a swift demise. Whereas the corporate was promoting workers positions to fill one week, by the subsequent week it had closed for good. Staff solely realized of the closure after they confirmed up for work the identical day.
The corporate quickly filed for chapter, and court filings from that action confirmed indicators of rising bills and a deteriorating monetary situation throughout the firm’s remaining run.
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“There was a darkish cloud over Sucre, that is our probability to revitalize it once more,” she stated. “This can be a woman-owned model now, with a feminine government chef. We’re wish to empower that femininity.”
Motwani is married to Aaron Motwani, the native businessman who owns Willie’s Hen Shack. She stated Sucre is her personal enterprise. It’s her first foray into the restaurant enterprise.
She stated she was moved to convey Sucre again via her personal private connections to the model, and the travails the pandemic was dropped at town’s enterprise sector.
“I used to be pregnant with our first baby once we began going to Sucre and it was a spot we took all of our youngsters,” she stated. “I feel locations like this must be there for households, for that date night time, for a spot to get an incredible espresso. With companies closing within the pandemic, I would like folks to see a spot coming again.”
Sucre as soon as ran a manufacturing facility in Gert City, supplying its shops and shops. Motwani stated this new Sucre will put together its merchandise on web site on the Journal Road store, which is being overhauled with new gear and furnishings.
Native roaster Congregation Espresso will present Sucre’s espresso and different native manufacturers shall be suppliers.
The unique Sucre was drawn up as a contemporary dessert model for New Orleans. French macarons, puffy little sandwiches of meringue, had been the calling card. Quickly Sucre put its stamp on king cake, serving one with an iridescent icing, a part of a then-new wave of creative takes on the standard Carnival deal with.
Motwani stated king truffles shall be an necessary a part of the brand new Sucre too.
Whereas the Journal Road location takes form, Motwani stated she is eyeing a attainable second location within the French Quarter, although that will not essentially be in the identical location the previous Sucre as soon as occupied. That constructing, at 622 Conti St., stays on the true property marketplace for sale or lease.
Sucre’s former Metairie location has been transformed to a location of Chez Pierre French Bakery, which opened this fall after pandemic-related delays.
3025 Journal St.
Slated to open late November/early December 2020
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