COURTESY FLYING PIG CAFE
The Flying Pig Cafe, a new southern regional restaurant, will open on Prytania Street by the end of the month.
The Flying Pig Cafe, a restaurant focusing on Southern cuisine from husband-and-wife team Rob and Kat Vance, will open on Prytania Street.
The restaurant takes over the space at 4920 Prytania St., the long-time home of sushi restaurant Kyoto, which closed last year.
Rob Vance, a chef who hails from Atlanta and has worked at Ruby Slipper Cafe and with Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts, is helming the kitchen. His wife, the classic rock radio DJ Katina “Kat” Vance from Bayou 95.7 FM, is handling marketing and General Manager Nicole Sinclair is handling front-of-the-house operations.
Kat said the restaurant will be a “Southern-centric” neighborhood spot serving dishes with influences from Texas to the Gulf inspired by the Caribbean, Asian and Latin traditions of the region.
“This has been a lifelong dream of my husband’s — to open a restaurant in New Orleans,” Kat said.
The restaurant is waiting on final approval of its permits.
The menu features smoked tuna dip with pita chips, a smoked turkey croissant sandwich dressed with goat cheese, spinach and smoked tomato aioli, an Asian-style seared tuna wrap, Caribbean-style fried chicken with collard greens and pimiento macaroni and cheese, smoked barbecued ribs with pigeon peas and cornbread, and drunken chicken, marinated in rum, garlic and allspice.
The 78-seat restaurant will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and brunch on weekends. It also will have a kids menu and full bar.
Weekend cocktail specials include mimosas, bloody mary’s and what Vance calls the "Kat Pour,” a glass and a half of wine “filled right up to the brim.”