Live Oak Cafe (8140 Oak St., phone n.a.) opens Jan. 4, 2014 in a renovated space that less than a month ago was Oak Street Cafe. That breakfast and lunch restaurant closed Dec. 13, and partners and cooking team Helena Hjort, Clare Leavy and Bryan Harrison began revamping the interior and reworking the menu. The new restaurant will be open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will have table service and a menu of classic breakfast fare and comfort food. The focus is on making everything on the menu from scratch, including sausage, and procuring all-natural produce and antibiotic- and hormone-free meats from local sources.
The cafe also will operate in an environmentally responsible way, partnering with Hollygrove Market & Farm (www.hollygrovemarket.com) for composting, recycling cooking oil from its kitchen and placing a recycling bin outside for the public to use.
The team isn't trying to revolutionize Oak Street, however.
"We want to keep with the history of the neighborhood, be a part of that and build on it," says Leavy, a native of Chicago who has worked at Oak Street Cafe on and off for several years. She also has cooked at Carmo, Pizza Delicious and Vizard's. Hjort is from Sweden and Harrison is a New Orleans native.
"We're all from different places," Leavy says of her partners. "We'll take classic cooking that feels like home to us and meld it together for the best taste. We want [customers] to learn to trust us, so that they know whatever is on the menu, it will be good."