by Ian McNulty
Ignatius Eatery (3121 Magazine St., 896-0242) recently completed a nine-block leap down Magazine Street, taking over the former location of the Rue de la Course coffee shop. The move greatly expands the restaurant’s size, and perhaps just as significantly returns alcohol service to an operation that originally served beer and wine but later ran into licensing problems.
The choice of just where to relocate the restaurant was probably an easy one. Ignatius and Rue de la Course are both owned by Jerry Roppolo.
The new Ignatius serves lunch and dinner Thursday through Monday (closed Tuesday and Wednesday), with brunch offered on the weekends. The menu is largely the same as before, with New Orleans standards like roast beef po-boys, gumbo and shrimp Creole mixed in with dishes like boudin meatloaf and shrimp remoulade po-boys.
The move reduces what was once a citywide Rue de la Course chain to just a single location in the Carrollton area (1140 S. Carrollton Ave., 861-4343). Roppolo opened the first Rue de la Course in 1993 in the Lower Garden District at the corner of Magazine and Race streets, which inspired the shop’s French name. That location is now Mojo Coffee House (1500 Magazine St., 525-2244).
Eventually other locations sprang up in the CBD, the French Quarter and farther along Magazine Street. The Rue location that closed for the Ignatius move actually started just across the street, the current home of Rum House. It crossed the street in 2005 when the coffee house Puccino’s took over the location. Ignatius Eatery opened in 2006, taking its name from the main character of the great New Orleans novel "Confederacy of Dunces."
3121 Magazine St., 896-0242