NEW ORLEANS (press release) – The Will & The Way opened in 2021 as an act of social restoration. After an eerily quiet year in the French Quarter, the owners craved the warmth and conviviality that has made the neighborhood a beloved destination for locals and travelers alike. Located at the heart of Toulouse Street — an iconic block for drinking and nightlife — our carefully preserved 18th-century architecture and brick-lined courtyard are a testament to the countless New Orleanians who have raised toasts and made mischief, no matter what storm, prohibition or pandemic comes their way.
The menu caters to impromptu dining, with Southern-leaning small plates that pair perfectly with cocktails as an appetizer or a nightcap. For those who choose to linger longer, the bar-setting burger (with shoestring fries and aioli) begs to be paired with a leggy red or a perfectly chilled High Life. So whether you stay longer than expected, or swing by for just one round, these tightly curated, snackable plates are sure to match your appetite.
From charcuterie and handcrafted burgers, to salads and bar snacks, the menu is designed for a casual afternoon in the Quarter or meeting a group for wine. Forks and knives are entirely optional, and everything tastes better with a friendly little pour from the bar. From pre-bottled cocktails to surprisingly tasty everyday wines, our laid-back hospitality and approachable style is designed to make you feel right at home.
Born and raised on the western bank of the Mississippi, Josh’s earliest culinary memories include fishing, hunting, picking berries and foraging with his godmother in Napoleonville, LA. He found a home in professional kitchens during high school, before joining the army at age 18. After five years of active duty, he pursued culinary studies at Delgado Community College, and soon was testing his skills in such famed NOLA kitchens as Brennan’s, The American Sector, Besh Steak and Restaurant August. After earning the role of Executive Sous Chef at Warbucks and Compère Lapin, he was recruited to join The Chloe opening team—his fourth time working under Chef Todd Pulsinelli.
A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Tommy first earned his bartending chops with Farmers Restaurant Group in Washington, DC. After rising to the role of Lead Bartender at Founding Farmers, Tommy went on to consult for various cocktail programs in The District, eventually taking the reins at an award-winning basement speakeasy, 600 T. Three years later, Tommy relocated to New Orleans with his wife and dog, joining the LeBLANC + SMITH family as the opening team at The Chloe.
The Will and The Way
719 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Monday – Thursday | 3 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Friday – Sunday | 12 p.m. – 1 a.m.