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​Bonhomie weaves French and American influences and makes it look easy

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During one visit I wondered what would drive Speer and his partner, Sean McCusker, formerly a partner in the popular New Orleans cocktail bar and bistro Sylvain, to open such a concept. According to Speer, they decided to create the kind of restaurant at which they like to eat. And Speer had a sense it was one that the community surrounding the Burnet corridor would support, a hunch validated by a packed house at dinner. But the menu also feels like a great opportunity to simply show your skill. There is something leveling about bistro classics done right. It’s a high-low mix that blends time-earned talent with a baseline of humility.

​Cheers for Speer - Mix one part Parisian bistro with one part American diner and voilà! Philip Speer’s Bonhomie.

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Bonhomie—pronounced “Bah-na-me” and meaning “good cheer”—is the latest restaurant from the 39-year-old chef. Many people in Austin think of Speer primarily as a pastry wizard, thanks to his ten years with the Uchi group making wild concoctions like maple pudding with tobacco cream and Scotch whisky gel. He also helped open Bank Jean-Georges in Houston and Jean-Luc’s French Bistro in Austin. Some three years ago he departed from the upscale arena, starting unevenly with St. Philip Pizza Parlor but regrouping earlier this year with a cool little downtown coffee and breakfast/lunch trailer called My Name Is Joe. And since early spring, he has hit his stride with Bonhomie, where he still does pastry but has moved big-time into savory, as they say in the food biz. His timing is on point, because French restaurants seem to be having a bit of a moment; witness Signature in San Antonio and Brasserie du Parc in Houston, plus upcoming Bullion in Dallas and Le Politique in Austin.

​First Plates 2017

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This buzzy newcomer has the aesthetics of a minimalist production of Barbarella, and a menu that could fool you into thinking you’ve snagged a seat at the hippest cafe on the French Riviera, with dishes like crispy octopus Lyonnaise, an already legendary burger, and an extensive menu of pommes rosti, crispy potato nests filled with everything from applesauce to foie gras. They say they’ll be serving brunch soon; we suggest you get in line now.

5350 Burnet Rd., 512/243-8558

​Kirkendoll purchases Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar

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Kirkendoll Management, a New Orleans firm that recently expanded its management of strip clubs, has added a Warehouse District venue to its restaurant portfolio.

The firm has purchased Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant at 701 Tchoupitoulas St. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Kirkendoll acquired the lease for Lucy’s last year and spent $600,000 renovating the roughly 7,000 square feet of space that included a bar on both sides of the establishment on the first floor, new restrooms, a new HVAC system, redone upstairs offices and liquor storage, original finishes for all the flooring and a new paint job. A balcony overlooking the street was added recently as well.

The firm has expanded its restaurant division recently by opening a Lucy’s outpost in Key West, Florida. It has plans for additional restaurants across the country, according to a news release.

​Kirkendoll Management will offer technology, marketing and management support to all licensees of The Penthouse Club brand

New Orleans-based hospitality management company, Kirkendoll Management, announced the purchase of the licenses of all 12 Penthouse Club locations across the globe for an undisclosed sum. The news became official on March 30.

The transaction capped nearly seven months of negotiations between the two parties, who started talks in August 2016. "We have been a Penthouse licensee since 2005 and experienced firsthand the power of the brand," says Leigh Wright, director of brand strategy for Kirkendoll Management. "In our first four years as The Penthouse Club New Orleans, we went from the number three club in the market to the number one (club). The new licensing agreement has been made as the overall Penthouse brand prepares for a rapid expansion in many verticals including media production, alcohol, and clothing. Kirkendoll Management is excited for the opportunity to immediately enter a broader reach both nationally and internationally."

After becoming the new Licensor, Kirkendoll formed Penthouse Clubs Worldwide, which will offer current and future licensees technology, marketing, and operational support. Previously, Kirkendoll Management's operations were limited to the southern United States, but that is no longer the case with The Penthouse Clubs' international presence.

"As we gain experience ano insight into different markets, we will take a much more global approach to the way we conduct business, analyze opportunities, and grow our Restaurant and Nightclub Divisions," Wright says. "Now with four international Penthouse Club licensees and growing, Kirkendoll will become well-versed in managing and operating hospitality venues across the world."

Part of that growth will be reflected in how Kirkendoll approaches its Penthouse Club licensed clubs moving forward Wright points out how the traditional gentlemen's club landscape is changing and shifting away from the conventional table dance model designed for single guys to a "much broader customer base and is more like a modern nightclub with great music and dancing. We see this as the club of the future, and plan to position the Penthouse Club brand as the premiere gentlemen's club brand worldwide."

Currently, Penthouse Club licenses venues in the United States, France, Russia, Australia and New Zealand. While that number will certainly increase under Kirkendoll Management's stewardship, Wright says the company will be "very selective in terms of whom we choose to be Licensees and where the clubs will be located. Only outstanding operators and select markets will be right for this premiere brand, and we will ensure that every club we sign on will add further value to the Penthouse name."

For more information, call (504) 267-5498, visit penthouseclubworldwide.com, or see them at their EXPO Tradeshow booth.

​Kirkendoll Management purchases Penthouse Club License

New Orleans-based hospitality management company, Kirkendoll Management, announced the purchase of the licenses of all 12 Penthouse Club locations across the globe for an undisclosed sum. The news became official on March 30.

The transaction capped nearly seven months of negotiations between the two parties, who started talks in August 2016. "We have been a Penthouse licensee since 2005 and experienced firsthand the power of the brand," says Leigh Wright, director of brand strategy for Kirkendoll Management.

"In our first four years as The Penthouse Club New Orleans, we went from the number three club in the market to the number one (club). The new licensing agreement has been made as the overall Penthouse brand prepares for a rapid expansion in many verticals including media production, alcohol, and clothing. Kirkendoll Management is excited for the opportunity to immediately enter a broader reach both nationally and internationally."

After becoming the new Licensor, Kirkendoll formed Penthouse Clubs Worldwide, which will offer current and future licensees technology, marketing, and operational support. Previously, Kirkendoll Management’s operations were limited to the southern United States, but that is no longer the case with The Penthouse Clubs’ international presence.

"As we gain experience and insight into different markets, we will take a much more global approach to the way we conduct business, analyze opportunities, and grow our Restaurant and Nightclub Divisions," Wright says. "Now with four international Penthouse Club licensees and growing, Kirkendoll will become well-versed in managing and operating hospitality venues across the world."

In the press release at the time of the acquisition, founder and CEO John Kirkendoll said, "Kirkendoll’s core value system revolves around a quality customer experience that is committed to excellence, and now we can translate this across the world. The Penthouse Club is about to enter an unprecedented period of growth, and we will be the driving force behind it."

Part of that growth will be reflected in how Kirkendoll approaches its Penthouse Club licensed clubs moving forward. Wright points out how the traditional gentlemen’s club landscape is changing and shifting away from the conventional table dance model designed for single guys to a "much broader customer base and is more like a modern nightclub with great music and dancing. We see this as the club of the future, and plan to position the Penthouse Club brand as the premiere gentlemen’s club brand worldwide." Currently, Penthouse Club licenses venues in the United State, France, Russia, Australia and New Zealand. While that number will certainly increase under Kirkendoll Management’s stewardship, Wright says the company will be "very selective in terms of whom we choose to be Licensees and where the clubs will be located. Only outstanding operators and select markets will be right for this premiere brand, and we will ensure that every club we sign on will add further value to the Penthouse name."

​Penthouse Turning to Worldwide Licensing to Expand Into Mainstream Businesses

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Among the deals, is an agreement with Kirkendoll Management of New Orleans to expand Penthouse’s gentleman's club brand.

"We are thrilled to enter into this agreement with John Kirkendoll and his team,” said Holland. “His leadership and business acumen will grow the Penthouse brand in the hospitality and entertainment space domestically and internationally.”

"Our core values have always revolved around a quality customer experience, and we can now replicate this around the world," said Kirkendoll Management founder and CEO John Kirkendoll. "The Penthouse Club is about to experience a period of growth that is better aligned with the growth the brand has been experiencing in its other product categories."

​Penthouse Expands Worldwide Licensing

Iconic Penthouse (Penthouse Global Media, Inc.) and its subsidiary, Penthouse Global Licensing, Inc. this week announced a series of worldwide licensing ventures aimed at solidifying its position beyond the Adult Entertainment Industry into mainstream international business. Their ventures include entertainment venues, restaurants, television and motion picture production, and sophisticated product lines that include apparel, perfumes, wines and spirits.

"It's been an unbelievable first year for us," said Penthouse CEO Kelly Holland. "We first focused on rebuilding our infrastructure, which ultimately resulted in a dramatic turnaround across all of our business units. Now that the company is properly supported and profitable, we can turn our attention toward worldwide licensing."

To that point, Penthouse and Kirkendoll Management of New Orleans, LA announced their agreement to expand the currently successful gentleman's club brand.

"We are thrilled to enter into this agreement with John Kirkendoll and his team. His leadership and business acumen will grow the Penthouse brand in the hospitality and entertainment space domestically and internationally," said Holland.

Founder and CEO of Kirkendoll Management, John Kirkendoll said, "Our core values have always revolved around a quality customer experience, and we can now replicate this around the world. The Penthouse Club™ is about to experience a period of growth that is better aligned with the growth the brand has been experiencing in its other product categories."

​Kirkendoll acquires licenses of all Penthouse Club venues

New Orleans-based Kirkendoll Management, the owner of the local Penthouse Club, will manage the same strip clubs worldwide.

The company announced in late March that it has acquired the licenses of all 12 Penthouse Clubs.

Kirkendoll will now be the focal point of operations, technology, management and marketing for the clubs and will manage and market all future venues. The company will also create a separate global licensing unit that will handle future expansion efforts, a news release said.

The new licensing agreement has been made as Kirkendoll prepares to expand worldwide with the Penthouse Club brand and holdings in its restaurant division.

In addition to its New Orleans location at 727 Iberville St. in the French Quarter and other venues in France, Russia, Australia and New Zealand, Penthouse Club has locations in the following United States cities:

  • Baton Rouge
  • San Francisco
  • Detroit
  • Denver
  • Philadelphia
  • Tampa
  • St. Louis

Kirkendoll Management Purchases Worldwide Licensing Rights to The Penthouse Club

NEW ORLEANS, March 30, 2017 -- On Thursday, March 30, 2017, New Orleans-based Kirkendoll Management announced the purchase of the licenses of all twelve The Penthouse Club™ locations across the globe for an undisclosed sum. Kirkendoll will now become the centralized point of operations, technology & marketing for all licenses of The Penthouse Club™ and will manage & market all future venues. Kirkendoll will also create a separate Global Licensing Business Unit that will handle these future endeavors.

Founder & CEO John Kirkendoll says, "Kirkendoll's core value system revolves around a quality customer experience that is committed to excellence, and now we can translate this across the world. The Penthouse Club™ is about to enter an unprecedented period of growth, and we will be the driving force behind it."

The new licensing agreement has been made as Kirkendoll prepares for a rapid expansion both nationally & internationally with The Penthouse Club™ brand and their Restaurant Division.

The Penthouse Club™ licenses operations in the United States, France, Russia, Australia and New Zealand.

Speer returns to restaurant scene with French-inspired Bonhomie

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One of Austin’s top chefs has returned in full voice to the Austin restaurant scene with a new concept. Former Uchi culinary director Philip Speer opened Bonhomie Thursday at 5350 Burnet Road. The American bistro, which serves what Speer only half-jokingly calls a mash-up of a French bistro and Waffle House, serves lunch and dinner on weekdays, with brunch and dinner service on Saturday and Sunday.

“Where Tom Waits might take Lady Gaga for brunch,” Speer said to describe the concept.

The lunch and dinner menus from the pastry chef who has twice earned James Beard semifinalist nominations include dishes like a smoked salmon Reuben sandwich, croque monsieur, bavette steak with ratatouille, rotisserie chicken, and crispy octopus salad. The menus all prominently feature a selection of pommes rosti — think fancy hash browns — with pairings like roasted mushrooms, caramelized onions and spinach; lox, dill, caper and tomato; or foie gras gravy, cognac and soft egg.

Anticipated restaurant from top chef opens in bustling Austin neighborhood

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Something new is cooking on Burnet Road. Bonhomie, the anticipated restaurant from notable Austin chef Philip Speer, opens Thursday, March 23.

The name, a French word that loosely translates to "cheerfulness," reflects the restaurant's French bistro/American diner aesthetic. A menu has not been revealed, but dishes that have appeared on social media include banana split profiteroles and a brisket croissant with pho jus dip. The American, French, and Asian influences are a fitting representation of Speer's background with Hai Hospitality.

During his tenure at Uchi, Uchiko, and the now shuttered St. Philip, Speer was known for crafting innovative and creative dishes. He has also been a James Beard semifinalist in the Outstanding Pastry Chef category for multiple years.

Feel at Home With Philip Speer’s New Neighborhood Diner Bonhomie

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One of Austin’s most anticipated restaurant openings of 2017 is finally here. Bonhomie, the French bistro and American diner from chef Philip Speer, swings its doors open on Thursday, March 23 on Burnet Road.

Eater ducked inside the Brentwood restaurant, full of red leather booths and banquettes, open kitchen, black walls, a bar with seating, and tables lining the outdoors for al fresco dining. Take a tour of the space below.

As for food, it's safe to expect Speer's signature Asian touches throughout the casual menu full of diner classics. Take the brisket croissants with pho jus dip. Plus there are already-lauded banana split profiteroles, hash browns with foie gras, pomme rosti with creme fraiche and caviar, roasted chicken, burgers, onion rings, and much more.

Now Open :: Bonhomie

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Meet the new French kid on the corner of the AMLI building on Burnet Road.

What do you get when you mix caviar and hash browns? The kind of culinary adventures being dished out at Bonhomie, officially opening today on Burnet Road. We pulled up a stool at the French bistro meets American diner to clink, conversate and catch up on the top 7 things you need to know before hitting the sure-to-be hot spot.

  1. Chef Philip Speer, the man behind the inventive dishes - think brisket croissants with Pho jus and one of the best burgers we've ever eaten - is also one of the owners behind newly opened coffee and breakfast trailer My Name is Joe.
  2. The soulful sip and sup soundtrack piped throughout the restaurant was a collaboration between restaurant partner Sean McCusker and Wilco bassist John Stirratt.
  3. The supremely rad handmade aprons on the servers are custom made by Tilit, the NYC brand that was just in Austin to celebrate Indie Chefs Week.
  4. French-inspired custom plates tout the restaurant name which means good natured or feeling of friendliness amongst a group of people.
  5. A weekend brunch menu will launch next week featuring Speer's divine vertical pancakes.

Catch the Wave of Fun and Good Food at Lucy's Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant

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You don’t have to be a surfer to enjoy the food and fun at Lucy’s, the new eatery at 320 Grinnell, at the corner of James Street. While Lucy’s pays tribute to some of the surfing greats like Tom Blake, Whitely Harrison, Herbie Fletcher, and Dewey Weber, the important thing here is the food. Food which is tasty, filling and different; made with fresh ingredients, freshly prepared.

In fact, everything about Lucy’s says new and fresh. The ambiance is modern and airy, the service is friendly, and while you’re sure to find your old favorite food orders here, the menu is creative, and homemade.

For instance, one of the favorite Lucy starters is Avocado Fritas, a beer-battered avocado topped with black bean salad and chipoltle ranch.

“A lot of people have never tried a deep-fried avocado before, but as soon as they taste it, they say, ‘wow. That’s really awesome,’ ” said Lucy's General Manager Scott Taylor

Before a day on the water, a whole raft of breakfast specials will keep you going. The Whitey Harrison Huevos Rancheros, BBQ Pulled Pork Hash with potato, peppers, onion and jalapeno topped with two fried eggs will stick to the ribs. Or try the lip-smacking Tom Blake Benedict.

At noon, the Juicy Lucy. a burger that’s out of this world, features Lucy’s special sauce.

Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar adds gallery to continue transformation

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A popular Warehouse District watering hole continues to upgrade its facilities after new management took over last year.

Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar at 701 Tchoupitoulas St. opened a new 420 square-foot gallery covering the river-facing side of the restaurant. The addition brings the business’ total space to 4,280 square feet.

“There is no better time to open a balcony downtown than Mardi Gras, and we look forward to being even more of a party destination,” said Jamie Munoz, director of operations of Kirkendoll Management’s restaurant division.

Locals Feel the Love at Lucy's Surf Bar

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One of the island’s newest restaurants has broken the Key West restaurant code: If the locals like you, the rest will find you.

And since Sept. 19, boat captains, bartenders and bookkeepers are liking what they find at the new Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar and Restaurant.

“We spend so much time in this town serving our visitors in so many ways,” said Scott Taylor, Lucy’s general manager and a Key West restaurant veteran. “We want the locals to come here, relax and be served by us. We’re a locally driven bar and restaurant where everyone can find great food, affordable drinks and a great time.”

Lucy’s bartender Ryan Parker touted the surf bar’s happy hour, with $3 beers and well drinks and half-price appetizers.

Catch The Wave: Hang Loose at Lucy's

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Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar and Restaurant has hit Key West like the big Kahuna. Open just a few weeks, they have made a big splash on the corner of Grinnell and James streets, garnering local support and rave reviews with their kick-off party. Nightly the restaurant has seen a full house while the word has spread about the easy-going eatery with a coastal menu.

This is the second location for Lucy’s, the original is in New Orleans. (It’s easy to marry Cajun flavors with the Key West party atmosphere.) Happy hour is already a success with $3 house wine, draft beer and well drinks and half-off appetizers. With the newly renovated bar, there is enough room for everyone to enjoy a drink or two like the Worm shot (tequila with vodka-soaked worm) or the Scorpion, (gold tequila with vodka-soaked scorpion). Those brave enough get a complimentary T-shirt while supplies last.

Lucy's Grand Opening

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Revamped Lucy's Retired Surfers Bar Throws Block Party Aug. 20

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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.

Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar Reopens With Revamped Bar, New Menu

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Never the bashful type, Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar has been under wraps for much of the summer. But now Lucy’s is ready for its close up.

The popular Warehouse District bar and restaurant has fully reopened after an extensive renovation. That work doubled the size of its bar, cleared the way to a second floor dining room and remodeled the kitchen and back-of-house areas.

Along the way, Lucy’s got a new menu. It mixes the old staples like fish tacos, queso dip and jerk chicken with an expanded range, to the tune of avocado fries, rib eye steaks and mussels with capers and sausage.

“The goal was to bring Lucy’s up a level, but not lose where we came from and what people love about this place,” said Jorge Henriquez, who runs the restaurant division for Kirkendoll Management, the company behind Lucy’s revamp.

Kirkendoll Management’s Nightclub Division Wins “2016 Best Club of the Year: South” Award at Exotic Dancer Publication’s Gentlemen’s Club Owner Convention

John Miller, General Manager, and Raife Whiting, Manager, of The Penthouse Club New Orleans accept the award for Best Club of the Year: South.

NEW ORLEANS, LA (August 9, 2016) – Kirkendoll Management has reaffirmed public opinion of their outstanding leadership in the gentlemen’s club industry. The Penthouse Club New Orleans, a licensee of the brand name yet owned and operated solely by Kirkendoll, won Best Club in the South.

John Miller, General Manager of The Penthouse Club New Orleans, accepted the award at the ED Award Show. Miller, an 18-year veteran employee of Kirkendoll Management said, “Our staff in this location is phenomenal as well as the office working behind the scenes. Through due diligence on everyone’s part we keep rolling from year to year only looking to compete against, and better, ourselves.”

CEO John Kirkendoll says, “This award means a lot to us, but we also work hard every day not just for awards, but to be the best in the business. Once again, our managers and staff have proven that.”

Kirkendoll Management is a small corporation located in Downtown New Orleans. Kirkendoll Management, LLC is dedicated to providing the best quality, environment, and experience in the entertainment and hospitality industry. With subsidiary companies in southeastern Louisiana and beyond our sincere attention to detail at every level combines to create the ultimate entertainment experience.

The Search Is On For The Best Bloody Mary's In New Orleans

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One of the most delicious Bloody Mary's came from Lucy's Retired Surfers Bar and Restaurant. There was nothing basic about this drink. We reached out to them and asked them to tell us how they make their Bloody Mary's and they were willing to share their recipe with us.

Here is what makes Lucy's Bloody Mary's one of the best in New Orleans:

The vodka is infused for two weeks with a combination of cilantro, garlic, celery, onions, and bell peppers, and a healthy shot is poured into a cajun seasoning rimmed pint glass and filled with Zing Zang Bloody Mary mix. Then they finish it with a skewer of all the necessities, jalapeno, cherry tomato, pickled onions and green beans, everyone's favorite green olives, a lemon and lime, and a giant stalk of celery to make it stand out.

Kirkendoll Management Adds Dickie Brennan & Co.’s Veteran Jamie Munoz to Restaurant Division Roster

Kirkendoll’s Restaurant Division Continues to Experience Growth in Staff and Property Portfolio

NEW ORLEANS, LA (April 14, 2016) – Kirkendoll Management has added yet another food & beverage powerhouse to its recently established Restaurant Division in the form of Jamie Munoz in the role of Director of Operations – Restaurant Division.

Munoz, who reports to Jorge Henriquez, Chief Operations Officer – Restaurant Division, says, “The evolution of my career continues as I join a team devoted to quality and end-user experience.  I hope to add my efficiency, strategy and panache to this recently-established team.”

In addition to Dickie Brennan’s, Munoz has had stints at Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Razzoo and City Lights.

CEO John Kirkendoll says, “The addition of the expertise of Jamie Munoz further adds credence to Kirkendoll’s commitment to the newly-established Restaurant Division.”

Munoz’s community engagement ranges from hospitality to sports and children’s initiatives; roles include Restaurant Leader for the Master’s at Augusta National, VP of the Board for the New Orleans Oyster Festival and Member of the Louisiana Restaurant Association.

Munoz studied business at Southeastern University and graduated from Alfred Bonnable High School.

Kirkendoll Management is a small corporation located in Downtown New Orleans. Kirkendoll Management, LLC is dedicated to providing the best quality, environment, and experience in the entertainment and hospitality industry. With subsidiary companies in southeastern Louisiana and beyond our sincere attention to detail at every level combines to create the ultimate entertainment experience.

Philip Speer Gets Friendly With New Restaurant Bonhomie

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Philip Speer announced more details on his impending Burnet Road restaurant during a pop-up dinner at Rebecca Masson's Fluff Bake Bar in Houston last night. Called Bonhomie, the preview dinner featured with French onion eclairs, hash browns with foie gras gravy, and banana split mille feuille.

Bonhomie will be a full service neighborhood restaurant, Speer told Eater previously. It will take over and combine two spaces within the Amli 350 apartment building. The complex used to house Roll On Sushi until December. Restaurant and bar neighbors include The Peached Tortilla, Lucy's Fried Chicken, Ginny's Little Longhorn Saloon, Fonda San Miguel, and Epicerie.

Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar is Out of Retirement!

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NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) -- In January, the family-owned Lucy's Retired Surfers Bar was stripped of its name, and surfboards during a legal battle between owners, Susan and Bruce Rampick, and their former partners.

The bar that has occupied the space at 701 Tchoupitoulas Street for 22 years was renamed 701, and the future of the neighborhood staple was questionable.

But the original owners and staff ride again!

Susan and Bruce Rampick are ecstatic to bring back what they refer to as their "first born."

Susan says that the love she has for the bar and the ties it has to her family are immeasurable.

"That's where my husband and I met. That's where our kids were raised. It's just our family. It's so great to be back; I can't even tell you," remarked Rampick.

Lucy's Rides Again with Brennan Vet in Charge

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Lucy's Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant vanished from the Warehouse District in January after more than two decades of serving up beers, scorpion shots and wild times. A dispute between the founder, Bruce Rampick, and the operator, TWTB, led to a federal judge stripping the bar of its name and surfboard decor.

On Thursday (March 7), Lucy's officially returns. And the surfboards are back on the walls.

Kirkendoll Management, which runs the Penthouse Club on Bourbon Street and other strip clubs, has a 100-year license for the Lucy's Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant's name. Kirkendoll will operate the bar and restaurant in partnership with Rampick and his wife Susan.

Lucy's Retured Surfers Bar, Out of Retirement, Reopens with Original Owners & New Partners

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The surfboards are going back up at the bar and eatery on the corner of Tchoupitoulas and Girod streets. The name that people have long associated with this Warehouse District hot spot has returned too, and so have its founders, along with a new partner.

Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar plans to officially reopen on Thursday following a round of legal tumult that briefly changed its name and put its future in question.

“We’re still pinching ourselves; we feel lucky,” said Bruce Rampick, who founded Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar and for decades ran the business with his wife, Susan.

The couple now run the restaurant and bar in partnership with Kirkendoll Management, a New Orleans-based company that operates the Penthouse Club and other strip clubs in Louisiana.

Kirkendoll Management to Launch Restaurant Division

Dickie Brennan Restaurant Group Alum Jorge Henriquez to Become Chief Operating Officer – Restaurant Division

NEW ORLEANS, LA (February 18, 2016) – Kirkendoll Management, the purveyors of four nightlife establishments across the state, has launched a new, restaurant-focused division to be helmed by former Dickie Brennan Director of Operations Jorge Henriquez.

Henriquez, who had individual roles at both Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse and Commander’s Palace before his corporate title, hopes to bring his focus on quality experience and customer & employee satisfaction to his new job.

Henriquez states, “What drew me to Kirkendoll was the opportunity to start a new venture in a company already focused on a high-level of standards for employees and world-class experiences for customers. My personal mantra for functioning in the restaurant business seemed to perfectly synthesize to their corporate doctrine.”

Kirkendoll’s restaurant division plans to expand the entity’s portfolio to include unique establishments throughout New Orleans & the country, and CEO & Founder John Kirkendoll says there will be some well-known entities joining their group in the near future—with Henriquez helming these developments.

Kirkendoll continues, “Our restaurant division is an exciting extension of our current collection, but our commitment to quality will continue to span both our nightlife and restaurant holdings. I feel there is no better professional to implement our overall corporate mantra than Jorge Henriquez.”

In addition to his new role, Henriquez’s will continue to function as the Manager of Guest Services at the VooDoo Music Festival, a member of the Vieux Carrie Commission and a Member of the Board of Directors of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation. Henriquez, a four year football standout at LSU graduated from there in 1988.

Kirkendoll Management, a leading hospitality company, is located in Downtown New Orleans. Kirkendoll Management, LLC is dedicated to providing the best quality, environment, and experience in the entertainment and hospitality industry. With subsidiary companies in southeastern Louisiana and beyond our sincere attention to detail at every level combines to create the ultimate entertainment experience.

The Definitive Guide to New Orleans' Best Strip Clubs

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Best Overall - Penthouse Club

The Penthouse Club has long been the king (queen?) of the New Orleans strip club scene. Known for having the most beautiful dancers in town, the space itself is downright opulent, with two floors and three bars -- all brightly lit, so you can see the club is something straight out of Scorsese’s Las Vegas, right down to the "Executive Suite" and neon-lit Penthouse Suites overlooking the main stage. Covers are a fairly reasonable $12, and dances will run you around $40. However, beware the upsell; everyone from dancers to servers is looking to keep the chandeliers on in such an impressive setup. It’s certainly your classiest option for a New Orleans bachelor party, with VIP packages starting at $350.

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