A New Start for The Hollygrove Market Site

Hollygrove Farm and Market closed its doors in March of 2018 because of financial reasons.  Sadden residents and vendors hoped that the nonprofit would be picked up by another organization and would re-open but sadly that was not the case. Fortunately, a year later, the site will become the new home to 14 Parishes  in February 2019.

14 Parishes Jamaican restaurant will close its Central City location December 22, 2018 and will officially move to the new location at 8301 Olive St. once the revitalization is complete.  During the renovation, the restaurant will be open at the Pythian Market on Loyola Ave. for patron’s enjoyment.

Owner’s Lauren and Chef Charles Blake have exciting plans for the new location. The old market space will house the main dining area while an upstairs room will be event space for private parties. The first step will include building out a kitchen and getting the main dining room ready for business.

Eventually the couple want to use the old raised beds and planting fields.  “We do plan on growing our own produce eventually,” Lauren said. “We have to do a lot of heavy landscaping … so it will be a farm-to-table situation.”

The remaining outdoor space, in time, will be a seating area where patrons can sit and watch their food be prepared on the outdoor grill.  “My husband/chef can’t wait to put everything on the grill,” she said.

The husband and wife owned restaurant features specialty items such as jerk chicken, stewed oxtail as well as traditional sides like sweet plantains, callaloo and rice and peas. The couple also cook at festivals throughout New Orleans and will be at the Jerk Chicken Festival and the French Quarter Festival this year. New Orleans’ residents and visitors alike will be excited to see what the new restaurant holds for this well-known landmark.

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