Restaurant news for Fharmacy, Little Korea BBQ and Purloo


Purloo, the southern-inspired restaurant from chef Ryan Hughes, has closed its location inside the Southern Food & Beverage Museum. - CHERYL GERBER
  • Purloo, the southern-inspired restaurant from chef Ryan Hughes, has closed its location inside the Southern Food & Beverage Museum.

Purloo, chef Ryan Hughes' Southern-inspired restaurant inside the Southern Food & Beverage Museum, has closed.

The news, first reported by Eater, was announced Friday (June 24). Hughes opened the restaurant inside the museum on Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard in January 2015. A post on the restaurant’s Facebook page confirmed the news, and implied the restaurant may reopen at a new location in the future.

“Purloo is excited about our new opportunities with our MOVE !!! We will be closed early this summer for our much needed vacation and will keep everyone updated. We cannot express enough our gratitude for all our supporters on Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard. It has truly been an honor to be a part of the resurgence of such a great community. Since January 2015, the Southern Food and Beverage Museum and Purloo have enjoyed a symbiotic relationship as we shared our passion for the celebration of food and drink, with an emphasis on Southern regional fare. Purloo and its Chef, Ryan Hughes, wish the Museum the best in its future endeavors, and Chef Hughes looks forward to returning to the Museum as a featured chef for SoFAB’s Saturday programming in the near future.”

No word on when or where the restaurant plans to relocate. A call to Hughes was not immediately returned.

 Little Korea BBQ (2240 Magazine St., 504-821-5006) is now open.

The restaurant is run by Joyce Park, who is the daughter of Miyoung Cho and Han Park, owners of the former South Claiborne Avenue spot Little Korea, which closed last month. Park opened her restaurant on Tuesday, June 21, with a menu highlighting traditional Korean dishes and meats grilled at the table.

Appetizers include fried dumplings, tofu salads and kimchi and seafood pancakes. There are Korean stews, including the former restaurant’s signature oxtail medley, soups and bibimbap rice bowls.

Little Korea BBQ is open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 pm., Tuesday and Sunday from 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Fharmacy (2540 Banks St., 504-324-6090), a new Mid-City restaurant, opened Tuesday in the former Dis & Dem location.

Owners Chien Nguyen and Nhat Nguyen serves a menu of comfort food including snacks (mussels and fries, boudin balls), sandwiches, wraps (Chicago-style Italian beef, lemon grass chicken), salads (steak frites on frisee with bacon bits) and burgers (topped with giardiniera, bacon jam and provolone).

There’s also a kid’s menu and a short selection of draft and bottle beers and wine by the glass.

Fharmacy is open from 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

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