Design + Renovation

Brennan's, the reborn restaurant in New Orleans' historic French Quarter, delivers a design with a powerful sense of place. With a loving embrace of the landmark's original 1795 architecture, every setting within the sprawling establishment honors a distinctive element of the city's traditions, history, and cultural influence with dramatic elegance, whimsy, and color: each room is as memorable as the cuisine, which now similarly applies a fresh sensibility to the beloved Crèole fare that Brennan's has offered since 1946. The iconic pink stucco façade [fittingly painted in Benjamin Moore's "Tomato Cream Sauce"] is a harbinger of the Old World charm inside. The Vieux Carré Dining Room has an unmistakable Spanish flair in the mango-hued walls, the green-and-peach-patterned cement-tiled floors, and grand-scale bouillotte chandeliers. A verre églomisé mural of exotic birds is the backdrop for the aviary-themed bar, The Roost, complete with birdcage lanterns and ostrich barstools. The Chanteclair Room is a fantastical orangerie of cheerful green trélliage. Hand painted gouache murals depicting 19th-century Mardi Gras celebrations, preside above cozy demi-lune green leather banquettes and rattan chairs. A burgundy-lacquered salon, the Morphy Room, is enlivened with checkerboard motifs and tartans and is a nod to the early 19th-century chess prodigy who was one of the grand property's most notable residents. The grand dining Havana Room is accentuated by the welcoming exotic fruit through 1920's pineapple patterned wallpaper, playfully complemented by a pair of gilt-wood pineapple chandeliers and Bevolo sconces The King's and Queen's Rooms, twin parlors for private dining resplendent with multi-colored silk taffeta draperies, velvet coronation chairs, golden fleur-de-lis wall covering, and displays of historic regalia, pay tribute to Rex, one of the oldest regal courts of Mardi Gras, reflecting the longstanding social hierarchy of New Orleans itself.

Brennan's seats 328 guests [inside] in its approximately 16K square feet. The renovation had a budget of over $11M with design overseen by Richard Keith Langham, and architecture done by John Williams Architects.


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