by Ian McNulty
A new Mid-City bar has a few updates to the standard New Orleans tavern menu, and a live music schedule that aims to mix up blues, funk and even a few country acts.
The bar is called dmac’s, and it’s hosting a grand opening party on Thursday, March 15, with free hors d’oeuvres starting at 6 p.m. and blues player Big Willie Lockett performing at 8 p.m. Other performers on the calendar include local country act Corey Michael on Friday and funkster Ernie Vincent next Wednesday.
David McGee opened dmac’s (542 S. Jefferson Davis Pkwy., 304-5757) late in February, naming it for a moniker he picked up while playing college football. His brother Larry McGee is general manager, and he says they have each run bars separately in California and Texas before teaming up for their new venture here.
The address had been the shabby but delightfully funky Delta Blues Club before Hurricane Katrina, and it has since seen a string of businesses, most recently the Bayou Park Bar. The McGee brothers are also in the construction business and they gave the building a thorough renovation over the winter.
That work included a large new kitchen, where Clayton Kendrick now prepares lunch, dinner and late-night snacks daily. His menu includes burgers and hand-cut fries, gumbo, seafood beignets, bread pudding and daily specials. The shrimp po-boy I recently ordered actually came on a crisp, buttery roll, with spinach, red onions, pickles and a proper white remoulade all on the side to construct as desired. It wasn’t really a po-boy, but it was good.
McGee says the bar will be adding a happy hour from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. with free hors d’oeuvres. The plan is to host live music two or three nights a week, with sets beginning around 7 p.m., and an open mic night is in the works too.
542 S. Jefferson Davis Pkwy., 304-5757