Dunbar’s restaurant finally returns, newspaper reports

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It took more than a decade, but Dunbar’s, a beloved destination for red beans, fried chicken and good company, will finally return,the Advocate reports. The new location on Earhart Boulevard in Gert Town will open in January.

Celestine Dunbar opened the original Dunbar’s in 1985 on Oak Street. In the early 1990s, she moved to Freret Street.

A feature in Gourmet magazine on the classic New Orleans neighborhood restaurant attracted tourists and even celebrities, like Bob Hope and Muhammad Ali. But the unassuming Dunbar’s, with its sweet tea and all-you-could-eat lunches, remained primarily a gathering place for New Orleanians.

The year after the storm, Dunbar’s relocated to the cafeteria of the Loyola University Law School. The food was still wonderful, but the feeling was not the same.

In 2008, it looked like Dunbar’s would return to its Freret Street location, but those plans fell through. On the now bustling Freret Street strip, the former Dunbar’s building remains conspicuously vacant.

Dunbar’s left the Loyola Law School’s cafeteria in 2012.

The new Dunbar’s in Gert Town, reports the Advocate, will have similar offerings to the original at breakfast and lunch with an expanded menu for dinner.

Celestine Dunbar, the owner of Dunbar’s, the uptown soul food restaurant, shows off a plate of food in Aug. 2006 at the restaurant when it was opened in the Loyola Law School Cafeteria. In Jan. 2016, Dunbar’s will finally return as a full restaurant on Earhart Boulevard. (Photo by Ted Jackson, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune archive)

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