NEW ORLEANS, LA (press release) – New Orleans-based hospitality group LeBLANC + SMITH is happy to announce the return of service to four of their restaurant properties: Sylvain, Cavan, Longway Tavern, and Meauxbar. Starting Saturday, June 27, the restaurants will be open Wednesday through Sunday. Sylvain, Cavan and Longway Tavern will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. for dine-in service, and Meauxbar will be open from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. for dine-in service on Wednesday and Thursday. LeBLANC + SMITH has created and implemented a brand new service model in order to follow City and State guidelines and keep guests and team members safe. Take-out and delivery are also available for the very first time through D’livery Nola.
“We realize that in order to survive and eventually thrive in this post-COVID world, we would need to reimagine how restaurants should work and then try to reinvent ours upon reopening. It’s no secret that the restaurant business model has been broken for years. This is our attempt to change that. And this is not an experiment or a temporary way of doing things until ‘things return to normal.’ Rather, this is our new reality” said LeBLANC + SMITH founder, Robért LeBlanc.
LeBLANC+SMITH was founded in a post-Hurricane Katrina world, so the group is no stranger to tough times and boldly embracing the current situation at hand. Guests are required to wear a mask upon entry. Complimentary disposable masks will be available and guests are required to wear them while not at their tables. The host welcoming guests will take their initial food and drink orders upon arrival, with menus available on newly installed menu boards and via QR codes online. Menus will be more concise, but guests can still expect nearly all of their favorites like Sylvain’s Bolognese, Cavan’s General Lu’s Chicken, Meauxbar’s French Onion Grilled Cheese, and Longway’s Home Fries.
Team members are still committed to excellent 21st-century Southern hospitality experiences and will be safely staggered in the dining room and will be able to take additional food and drink orders from seated guests. LeBLANC + SMITH has also enhanced their outdoor patio spaces, equipping each table with more shade and breezy fans while also offering a frozen cocktail program for the first time ever at the portfolio. The hospitality group has incorporated a touchless and cashless payment system so guests can pay via smartphones or with a credit card.
LeBLANC + SMITH is committed to seamlessly integrating the strictest safety standards and policies in a way that allows them to fade into the background so that the focus will always remain on creating great experiences. As such, will be operating at 50 percent capacity and has arranged tables to be at least six feet apart. To maximize cleanliness, tables and chairs will be sanitized between each guest use. Additionally, common areas and restrooms will be sanitized every 30 minutes.
To ensure everyone’s safety, employees are required to take COVID-19 tests every two weeks and provide verification of negative results.. Additionally, all employees will receive daily temperature checks. All team members have medical insurance and paid sick leave, so if an employee feels unwell they can safely stay home and receive treatment.
All restaurants will be open Wednesday through Sunday for dine-in service. Sylvain, Cavan and Longway Tavern will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Meauxbar will be open from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. For more information on all LeBlanc and Smith properties please visit http://www.leblancandsmith.com/home.