Congratulations on the new venue!
Is the new location a replica of the Frenchmen Street location, or are you looking to do something different?
We want to create a new energy and vibe for the new place but use the same formula that we’ve been successful with on Frenchmen Street. Frenchmen will always be a different vibe because it’s on Frenchmen. Over time, we found that locals just weren’t coming down to Frenchmen Street as much as they used to. Now our clientele is mostly tourists, and we’ve always wanted to be a locals’ place. So we want to bring the elements of the old place and bring them uptown where locals can enjoy them as well as the tourists who come uptown.
What about the music? Are you looking to stay with your current booking style, or change it up?
In the new place, we’ve decided to make the music a little more subdued. It’ll be mostly duos and trios—all acoustic—so it’ll be a more mellow vibe and a little more food-centric. We’re still going to have two bands a night, we’ll probably start with a piano player for the 5 p.m. slot, and then in the evenings we might have an acoustic trio playing that’s great to listen to but you can still talk over.
Should we expect changes to the menu?
We’re planning to keep a lot of the more popular items on the menu—the lamb sliders, the feta fry, the pork belly, the tempura shrimp—but we’re going to take certain items and change the components up a little bit. And then the chef is going to have his own take on it. Just like on Frenchmen Street, I have my items I’ve had on the menu for a long time… the chef will do his own thing within the confines of that.
Was it difficult to decide on your new location?
Actually, it pretty much fell in our laps. We’d been wanting to expand for a while but we only wanted it with the same setup as we had with our landlord that we have now. He owns this new building and he asked if we wanted the spot so he gave us a few months with no rent, gave us some time to get our ducks in a row, the timing couldn’t have been better. We had wanted to find somewhere uptown for quite awhile so this is a perfect spot for us.
Three Muses: 7537 Maple St., New Orleans, LA 70118.