Washington, DC (July 14, 2011) – With new development coming to H Street NE, the addition of TruOrleans Restaurant and Gallery will add an authentic Cajon Creole experience with a twist. Set to open the end of May, TruOrleans will feature family recipes from Lake Charles, LA as well as art work straight from the French Quarter.
Tru Redding, the name sake of the restaurant and local developer, met the East’s, a third generation Louisiana family, during a local golf tournament and was invited to attend a duck hunting trip with them in Louisiana. After the hunting trip he was invited back to the family home where he had some of the best Cajun Creole food he had ever tasted and the concept of the restaurant was brought to life with the help of local investor friends Brad Howard and Hans Christensen.
The connection to Louisiana is strong for both Howard and Christensen as Howard has family in the state of Louisiana. After the Katrina storm, Howard loaded up several generators to deliver to family in Baton Rouge. He and Christensen partnered to create a trash removal company and spent the next two years helping with the clean up. The love and close ties to Louisiana cemented their involvement and partnership with Redding.
The restaurant, a two level establishment with an open deck on the upper floor, will feature many of the recipes that the friends enjoyed at the East family home as well as a gallery of authentic art from the heart of the New Orleans French Quarter.
TruOrleans Executive Chef, Andre Miller, previously of Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, traveled to Louisiana several times over the year to personally cook with the East family. Many of the family recipes will appear on the menu.
Art is another cultural part of Louisiana and Redding has located several artists from the French Quarter who will have work displayed in and around the restaurant and will be available for purchase.
Both the East Family and several of the artists will be part of the opening celebration at the end of May. “This has been such a fulfilling journey to work with the East family and bring their family recipes to Washington, DC.” said Redding.” “We hope that we can bring this authentic culture and food experience to Washington DC and welcome native Louisiana friends as well as locals to enjoy this experience for years to come.”
Located on the corner of H and 4th NE, the restaurant will be open Monday thru Sunday from 7:00 am to 12:00 am on weekdays and 7:00 am to 2:00 am on weekends. The split level restaurant will offer an upscale experience featuring many Cajun Creole favorites like Po Boys, Gumbo, Jambalaya and Beignets as well as New Orleans drink favorites like the traditional Hurricane, Louisiana specialty beers and a spectacular wine list. The restaurant will offer bars on both levels as well as an outdoor sidewalk café.
For more information, visit our website at www.truorleans.com.
More photos of the opening are on the Washington Lobbyist’s Fan Page.