New owners and a new chef plan to reopen the Lower Garden District restaurant Jackson (1910 Magazine St., 522-5766) this week, beginning with lunch service only on Thursday.
Co-owner Mark Anthony and chef John Bolderson are new to town, having both moved to New Orleans separately earlier this year. They decided to keep the former restaurant's name and much of its design the same, from its business logo to the interior marked by exposed bricks and abundant reclaimed millwork. But the menu takes a more casual approach from Jackson's previous incarnation.
"We did our due diligence and heard from neighbors that before they only came for special events, things like that, and we want this to be more of a place you can come and be a regular," says Anthony.
The planned menu includes appetizers like salmon tartare, broiled oysters with "piggy back" shrimp, mussels with sausage and fennel and several dips. Then there will be burgers and po-boys, salads and a meat-centric entrée menu with a few steaks, ribs, jerk chicken and a blackened tuna with strawberry jalapeno butter that sounds particularly interesting. Appetizers are in the $7 to $12 range, sandwiches are around $10 and entrees stay in the high-teens to low-twenties.
Jackson was open for a little more than a year, and its Magazine Street space had seen a few other restaurants before Katrina, starting with Sugar Magnolia and then the short-lived Antoinette.
The new Jackson begins lunch service this Thursday, Oct. 15, as a trial run for the new operation, and Anthony plans to launch with a full lunch and dinner schedule the following week, beginning Oct. 23.