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Olivier’s Creole Restaurant in the French Quarter closes after 35 years

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  Olivier's Creole Restaurant — a French Quarter stalwart for traditional Creole food, including its signature smothered rabbit — shuttered recently after more than three decades in operation.

  Run for more than 35 years by Armand Olivier Jr. and his family, much of that time in the 200 block of Decatur Street, Olivier's served as an ambassador of old-line New Orleans style, weathering change and upheaval with an even hand and focus on classic Creole dishes.

  An employee simply cited "circumstances" as the reason for Olivier's closing. The restaurant posted a brief statement on its website dated Jan. 20. It reads: "To our valued customers: Regretfully, after 35 wonderful years, Olivier's has closed. We are very grateful to everyone who has supported us throughout the years."

  French Quarter seafood house Ralph & Kacoo's (519 Toulouse St.) also recently closed its doors.

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