A New Orleans Institution
During this long period of closure, local residents and tourists alike plastered the icon’s front door with letters pleading for it to reopen. Finally, after months of being closed, the fabled eatery was purchased and reopened by local restaurateur Hicham Kodr. As soon as the restaurant opened its’ doors to the hungry crowds, it was serving up it’s famous grub like it had never skipped a beat.
THE BIGGEST MELTING POT OF NEW ORLEANS CULTURE IN ONE PLACE
This progressive mindset has set the stage for what is still one of the biggest melting pots of New Orleans culture in the entire city. On any given day you might find famous rock stars, politicians, poor people, students, cops end even robbers. It’s a place to get to know your neighbors and to be a part of the real New Orleans.
Take the Streetcar straight to heaven
THE ONE & ONLY
The story of the Camellia Grill wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the late Harry Tervalon, a fixture on the night shift for almost fifty years. The apotheosis of a Camellia Grill waiter, he set the style for the place, and will for many years to come. Any poll seeking the best New Orleans waiter of all time would elect Harry in a landslide.
“EVEN KATRINA COULDN’T STOP US”
(right) New owner Hicham Khodr, Harry Tervalon, and a city councilman prepare to cut the ribbon during opening remarks.
(right) New Orleans Police Department Captain Warren Riley was present to witness the re-opening of the diner, and to enjoy a meal.
(right) Love notes once again dotted the façade of the diner during the first meal of the day.
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Friday and Sunday
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626 S Carrollton Ave,
New Orleans, LA 70118