by Ian McNulty
The Irish bars Erin Rose and Molly’s at the Market hold down opposite ends of the French Quarter but still share a lot of DNA. After all, both were founded by the late, great barkeep and raconteur Jim Monaghan. Soon, they will both also have more in common in the food department.
Cam Boudreaux and April Bellow, who run Killer Poboys inside Erin Rose, plan to open a new taco stand inside Molly’s at the Market. They plan to launch with a three-day pop-up edition on July 18, 19 and 20, which will coincide with Tales of the Cocktail, the annual drinks conference and festival. Regular hours will follow later in the summer or early fall. Meanwhile, business will continue as usual at Killer Poboys, which serves from noon to midnight every day but Tuesdays.
Boudreaux says he’s not ready to announce a name for the new concept, and the menu is still in the works. But he says the approach will be similar to Killer Poboys, which is an imaginative, multi-ethnic exploration of the familiar sandwich. A goat taco will be part of the program, along with vegan and vegetarian options, and like Killer Poboys the taco operation will source many of its ingredients from quality local suppliers.
“The idea is a taco stand, international-inspired,” Boudreaux says. “We want to do food that’s fun to eat with your hands in a bar.”
The idea is also coming along at an interesting time for casual eats in the French Quarter, as more new places offer options apart from the predictable, tourist-oriented formula. For instance, just down the block from Molly’s, the team behind the craft cocktail bars Cure and Bellocq are now renovating the former bar Pravda into Cane & Table, a tavern built around craft rum cocktails and a menu of Caribbean-inspired dishes from Adam Biderman, chef and founder of the Company Burger.
“We’re all about bringing better food downtown,” Boudreaux says . “I think people want hand-made food from a chef who cares. In fact, I’m betting my career on it.”
Molly’s at the Market
1117 Decatur St., (504) 525-5169
811 Conti St., (504) 252-6745