Boil house seafood restaurant coming to Lakefront 2017
Shelter House No. 1 on the Lakefront will house a seafood restaurant starting late spring to early summer 2017. Owner William Wright will sign a lease of the Non-Flood Protection Asset Management Authority (NFPAMA) next week and then start applying for permits with the city.
Wright previously discussed the concerns of residents near Shelter House #1 at the NFPAMA board meeting on Sept. 22. Then he met with members of the Lakeshore Property Owners Association on Oct. 24, where he said he heard some more opposition regarding potential noise from the venue. Wright said that the boil house will have no musical amplifications and that the sound will be facing towards the lake.
He explained that one of the reasons people do want the Shelter House #1 property owned by NFPAMA to be developed is because of the current lack of accessibility in bathrooms and friendly activity, mentioning some neighbors’ near the lake concerns with speed racing.
“Right now, it’s just chaos going on out there,” Wright said.
Wright’s boil house will be open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. The venue will first serve as a coffee shop until 11 a.m., before transitioning into an old New Orleans boil house with plenty of seafood options like crabs, shrimp, crawfish, oysters, seafood platters, po’boys, gumbo and more.
Beer and wine will be served, and Wright was excited to add that the restaurant will also feature Mandina’s recipe for onions.
According to Rodger Wheaton, the NFPAMA chairman of the recreation committee, the board believes they have addressed all neighborhood concerns for issues like closing times, music, and trash control in the lease. He noted at the board meeting on Oct. 27 that because of residents voiced concerns and participation in the process, the lease for the boil house featured more restrictions from NFPAMA than Brisbi and Blue Crab.
Wheaton said that he was called out for the different handling of those leases, but that was before he’d taken his current position. For extending leases in the future, Wheaton said that the board will likely be more restrictive on venue’s music levels.