Dinner service is back at Dooky Chase Restaurant (2301 Orleans Ave., 821-0535), the 6th Ward culinary landmark and home base of chef Leah Chase.
For now, hours are limited to Friday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The restaurant serves lunch Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
"We're looking to add more nights (for dinner) but we're starting with Friday because that's the day our customers told us they wanted," says Stella Chase Reese, a restaurant manager and daughter of chef/owner Chase. The restaurant likely will add Saturday evening hours next, she says.
The dinner menu changes weekly, but always features Creole dishes from the Chase family canon. Look for Creole chicken, paneed veal with jambalaya and stuffed pork chops with candied yams, in addition to grilled seafood and other lighter dishes and some vegetarian options.
"We're preparing dishes that we're known for but that we couldn't do at lunch because they take a little longer," Chase Reese says.
Ravaged by post-Hurricane Katrina floodwaters, Dooky Chase reopened in 2007 serving lunch only. Today it offers both a buffet and a la carte options during its daytime hours.