The number of places to get late-night food in the Faubourg Marigny has been growing lately, and now a new breakfast option is on the way.
Owners of the Ruby Slipper Cafe have bought the historic former bank space at 2001 Burgundy St. in the Marigny Triangle area, and they plan to open the third location of their breakfast-lunch-and-brunch concept there by the summer.
Jennifer and Erich Weishaupt opened their first Ruby Slipper (139 S. Cortez St., 309-5531; www.therubyslippercafe.net) on a Mid-City side street in 2008, converting what had been a rundown corner store before Hurricane Katrina into a neighborhood spot. In late 2010, they opened a second, and much larger, Ruby Slipper (200 Magazine St., 525-9355) in the Central Business District.
Erich Weishaupt says the third Ruby Slipper will follow the same script, with a similar menu of diner-style breakfast and lunch dishes punched up with local seafood, fresh produce and some creative specials.
"We'll probably add a separate dining room here because we get so many requests for bridal showers and private events of that type that we don't really have the space to handle in our other places," he says.
Weishaupt says renovations will begin soon, though he won't have to make too many changes because the building has been converted into a restaurant space by previous occupants. Constructed in the 1920s as a branch of the Canal Commercial Trust and Savings Bank, it was later used as a doctor's office, a local baker's union hall and as an events venue. In 2004, Alex Kelly turned it into Bank Cafe, an upscale contemporary Creole restaurant. It closed in 2006 and the property has been empty since.