"More breakfast places" is a common desire voiced in New Orleans, and one that spurred Jennifer and Erich Weishaupt to get into the restaurant business after Hurricane Katrina with a breakfast/lunch/brunch concept. Just before Thanksgiving, the couple opened the third edition of their Ruby Slipper Cafe (2001 Burgundy St., 504-525-9355; www.therubyslippercafe.net), this time in a historic former bank building in the Faubourg Marigny triangle.
The new Ruby Slipper follows the same script as the others, with a similar menu of diner-style breakfast and lunch dishes punched up with local seafood, fresh produce and creative specials. At the new restaurant, they're also baking bagels and challah bread in house, and cocktails and mimosas flow from an art deco-styled bar.
Large booths and lots of recycled lumber make what had been a cavernous space feel warmer now, and vintage bank teller windows have been fashioned into walls for a separate dining area. Erich says they added that area to accommodate breakfast meetings, bridal showers and event requests.
The building dates back to the 1920s, when it was designed as a bank. In 2004, it was converted into the upscale Bank Cafe, but it closed in 2006 and the property remained empty until the Weishaupts tapped it for a new location.
The couple opened their first Ruby Slipper (139 S. Cortez St., 504-309-5531) in Mid-City in 2008 and in 2010 added a second, much-larger Ruby Slipper (200 Magazine St., 504-525-9355), this time in the Central Business District. The Marigny location serves breakfast and lunch Thursday through Monday, and may add an additional day of service.