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Chez Helene

FatBoy Jan 11, 2004 07:38 AM

I read recently in "Food and Wine" that Austin Leslie was at a new restaurant. What happened to Chez Helene?

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    Yvette Jan 11, 2004 02:19 PM

    Austin Leslie is at Jacques-Imo's which gets a lot of coverage here on this board.


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      Amanda Jan 11, 2004 08:45 PM

      My father-in-law soon-to-be told me that Chez Helene closed in the late '80's, after relocating to the lakefront area because of high crime in Treme. He and Mama Gina were regulars there in the '60's and '70's. They were very fond of one of the hostesses, Kathy, who still occasionally drives by with treats from her family, mirliton's and blackberry preserves and such.

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        chocolatetartguy Oct 14, 2006 10:02 PM

        If this is the restaurant that inspired the Frank's Place tv show, I ate there on a visit to NO in 1993. I recall it being in a sketchy neighborhood, but not being near any bodies of water.

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      AmySue Oct 15, 2006 02:59 AM

      Austin Leslie died just after Hurricane Katrina. Indeed he had been at Jacques-Imo's with Jacques Leonardi but had left and opened his own place. I took a cooking class from him in July 2005 where he showed us how to make his amazing fried chicken.

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        JGrey Oct 16, 2006 03:10 AM

        He landed at Pampy's soon after leaving Jacque-Imo's.

        Here's an article from 5/05


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