Olivier's Creole Restaurant — a French Quarter stalwart for gumbo, Creole-style smothered rabbit and etouffee — shuttered Saturday after more than three decades in business.
Operated for more than 35 years by Armand Olivier, Jr. and his family in the 200 block of Decatur Street, Olivier's served as an ambassador of old-line New Orleans style, weathering change and upheaval with an even hand and focus on classic Creole dishes even as the landscape around it ebbed and flowed.
An employee simply cited "circumstances" as the reason for Olivier's closing. The restaurant posted a short farewell note on their website yesterday giving no thorough explanation for the sudden shutdown:
To our valued customers:
Regretfully, after 35 wonderful years, Olivier’s has closed. We are very grateful to everyone who has supported us throughout the years. — January 20, 2015
No word on whether or not the restaurant has any offshoots in the works, or what will become of the spacious, old-school space.