Kenton’s drink menu displays its whiskey-driven focus (photo by Kristine Froeba)
Following months of chatter about the proposed restaurant at Nashville and Magazine, New Orleans’ first American Whiskey Bar Restaurant opened to fully-booked tables. Kenton’s is attracting crowds and a neighborhood clamoring for both a taste and a peek inside.
Owners and husband-and-wife team Sean Josephs and Uptown’s Mani Dawes, along with Alabama native and Executive Chef Kyle Knall, are the names behind the restaurant. Josephs and Dawes are also the current owners of Maysville in Manhattan’s Flatiron District where Knall is also executive chef. Like Kenton’s, Maysville prominently features American cuisine and earned mention by The New York Times food writer Peter Wells. Wells described Knall’s cooking, saying his “understated American style is a winning blend of the refined and the unpretentious.” That theme continues at Kenton’s. The whiskey restaurant concept is courtesy of Sean Josephs; this is his second whiskey-themed restaurant. Kenton’s is following in the steps of his successful Char No. 4 in Cobble Hill, NY, while Dawes owns a Chelsea tapas bar, Tia Pol. Continue reading »