Anna Tusa goes beyond delicious cuisine and authentic New Orleans dining experiences—although her restaurant, New Orleans Creole Cookery, excels in both. Named one of the CityBusiness Women of the Year in both 2014 and 2017, a graduate of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program, and a member of several civic and charity organizations, Tusa aims high. Her vision goes beyond the personal: she believes in working with New Orleanians of all backgrounds within her industry, promoting a hard-working single mother from waitress to front line manager, for example, or supporting employees who are trying to finish school. “Desire, dedication and determination are the three D’s necessary for the restaurant industry,” Tusa says, and she plans to bring those skills and determination to her newest restaurant, Briquette, opening this fall on 701 S. Peters Street.
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