Chef Greg Sonnier is abandoning his attempted resurrection of Gabrielle restaurant at The Uptowner reception hall on Henry Clay Avenue to return to a French Quarter kitchen, and the Funky Butt nightclub project has also halted, according to recent reports.
Sonnier has accepted the executive chef position at the new Kingfish restaurant at Chartres and Conti being opened by the owners of Royal House in mid-April, reports Susan Langenhennig of the Times-Picayune. With the move, Sonnier is letting go of his protracted legal fight with the city over the zoning and permitting for The Uptowner, placing the building on the market and updating parts of the Gabrielle menu for Kingfish, Langenhennig reports.
The building at 4716 Freret will not become a new home for the shuttered Rampart Street nightclub Funky Butt, after the club owner was unable to meet the terms of the lease for personal reasons, building owner Greg Ensslen told New Orleans CityBusiness. Ensslen is now seeking a new tenant for the building, CityBusiness reports.