06 September 2006

McCamellia Grill

I know that there is a strong contingent that has given up on the Camellia Grill feeling as if the place had declined in recent years and that the pre-KTMB ownership milked the place without keeping both the food up as well as the physical condition of the building. Just this past weekend while in Baton Rouge for the LSU football game, a non-Oreleanian friend when asking about what was going on the Camellia Grill post-KTMB said, "Man, that place really slipped."

There is new news in regards to the re-opening of the Camellia Grill . The good news is that new ownership does intend to spruce the place up and "reopen as quick as possible." The disconcerting news is this:

Khodr said his first priority is to get the Camellia back up and running in New Orleans, although he is interested in eventually opening additional locations.

Additional locations??? How bout getting THE Camellia Grill to the level it needs to be--the one on South Carrollton Avenue and not worry about "new units" on mall outparcels in HouDalAtlMemRouge. Besides, hasn't that concept already been done before minus the white doric columns? I think it was called Steak and Egg. Mr. Khodr, why not go for broke since you have a business relationship with a special someone. How about Emeril's Camellia Grill?

TAGS: Katrina, New Orleans, NOLA, Carrollton, Camellia Grill


At September 06, 2006 9:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How do you replicate the food? How many towns would line to have a cheese omlette where they first dip the cheese in grease and fry it? Also deep fried pre cooked Bacon? Nostaligic Meals for the Hungover.

At September 06, 2006 5:18 PM, Blogger mominem said...

I always wondered why someone couldn't replicate the typical New Orleans poboy shop as a franchise.

I heard rumors of Mothers wanting to do it.

Let's at least give the guy a chance. He has had some pretty good success so far.

At September 06, 2006 9:43 PM, Blogger Ray in New Orleans said...

You can't get decent French bread anywhere else. That's the biggest impediment to poboys outside the city.

Let's at least give the guy a chance.

No, see, that's not how we do things here. In this town, we jump to conclusions based on a paraphrased non-quote in a less-than-trustworthy publication and rip him a new one based on that. (Emeril in the New York Post, for instance.)

The guy wants to revive a much-loved institution? He needs to be taught a fucking lesson. How about we leave threatening post-it notes all over his place?

At September 06, 2006 10:30 PM, Blogger mominem said...


Since your moved back, you might want to change you screen name. You might get mugged (or worse) as a carpetblogger.

I personally would prefer to find a way to export French Bread. I remember about 25-30 years ago I was working with some Canadians and they believed two things about New Orleans;

1) Coffee got worse the further North you got (Seattle not withstanding).

2) You couldn't get good fresh bread anywhere else in North America.

Who am I to dispute our much wiser neighbors to the north, after all they decided to move there in advance of global warming. In a couple of centuries they will be the new Florida, beach and all.

At October 03, 2006 2:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't expect miracles from Khodr, this guy can't be trusted. I know from first hand experience. The only reason his other ventures thrive is because of the other partners involved. He is nothing more than a guy with a but load of money and very shady business practices. I've even heard him threaten employees with bodily harm. You think this guy deserves our family's business?


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