Zea Rotisserie and Grill on St. Charles Avenue to close June 21

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Roasted corn grits is a specialty at the Zea's restaurant chain. The company will close its St. Charles Avenue location in New Orleans June 21. - FACEBOOK/ZEA ROTISSERIE & GRILL
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  • Roasted corn grits is a specialty at the Zea's restaurant chain. The company will close its St. Charles Avenue location in New Orleans June 21.


Zea Rotisserie and Grill
on St. Charles Avenue is closing on June 21.

Earlier this week, owners of the popular local chain announced plans to shutter the only existing location in Orleans Parish on June 21, but said the metro area’s other restaurants in Metairie, Harahan, Covington, Harvey, Kenner and Slidell will remain open.


The restaurant chain is operated by the Taste Buds Management restaurant group, which also runs restaurants Mizado Cocina and Semolina. The group opened the St. Charles Avenue location on Aug. 1, 2005, weeks before Hurricane Katrina made landfall. The restaurant reopened on Dec. 7 that year and has remained open since.

According to a prepared statement from Taste Buds Management Vice President Paul Hutson, the St. Charles Avenue closing came about because the group was “unable to come to a long-term lease arrangement.” Hutson said the company is searching for an alternative location to re-open in Orleans Parish.

Employees at the St. Charles Avenue location have all been given jobs at one of the other Zea establishments. Those who decide not to relocate will be paid a severance and benefits, the statement said.

A Father’s Day promotion on the restaurant’s last day of business will not be affected by the shutter, and dads who dine at Zea on June 21 will receive a free 4-pack of beer.

For more information, visit the restaurant’s website.


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