Chef Lenora Chong and son Larry Morrow opened the restaurant Morrow's (2438 St. Claude Ave.; www.morrowsnola.com) in Faubourg Marigny April 6.
It is Morrow's first restaurant after working as an event curator, entrepreneur and author.
"It's been a journey," Morrow said. "But I always wanted to create something fun and welcoming for other people."
Matthew Holdren and Colin Keith designed the space. The polished modern scheme features cypress banquettes, and there's a large bar with an eye-catching dark green grasslike backdrop with "Morrow of the story" spelled out in neon lights. Morrow says it was inspired by his travels in other cities.
For years, Chong ran the restaurant Lenora's Grill in Pontchartrain Park. Her menu at Morrow's draws from traditional New Orleans dishes and her Korean heritage. It features fried oyster po-boys, pasta jambalaya, sesame-ginger chicken wings, bibimbap, crabmeat hush puppies, sauteed crab claws and Korean-style lettuce wraps filled with spicy chicken.
Brunch is served 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, and dishes include Cajun crab cakes Benedict and bananas Foster French toast.
Morrow's is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.