Sweet Fire & Ice is no more
How could this happen? I've been putting off going there for years, and was dead set to go this year for my birthday, and all of us would get spray on orange tans before hand, for that special touch.
It's now "Copeland's Social City Restaurant" and I don't see a manifesto on the menu as SFI had. It appears they've retained the Blue Intrigue Ice and Fire bar (serving the coldest martinis in the country), the lavish porte-cochere and the sunken conversation pit, but CHEESECAKE BY THE SCOOP is just a brief mention on the menu and where did the cheesecake martinis go? I'm so depressed I can't stand it. Has anyone ventured to "Social City"?
I'm posting the manifesto from the original SFI menu for posterity's sake. I can't believe this.
Sweet Fire & Ice is a spectacular presentation. From the unique
traditional style of the building immediately attracting your
attention, to the beautiful yellow and cream color on the exterior,
the tall 25' twisted spiral columns, the classy initials representing
the name Sweet Fire & Ice as you drive through the fire torches, to
the fire and water fountain, all tell you immediately that you are at
an upscale restaurant. But don't let what you see fool you. The decor
represents casual upscale dining but you know you can be comfortable
in casual attire. The only thing not upscale are the prices. We are
totally committed to great value and reasonable pricing. Sweet Fire &
Ice awakens every one of your senses as you drive up the brick drive
under the lavish porte-cochère for valet parking where you know you
are protected in any kind of weather. As you open the entrance doors
your view takes in the Intrigue blue waterfall wall and as you enter
the vestibule all your senses are impacted with the great sound
system, upscale environment and fresh smell of the bakery.
To the right you gaze through sheers where the shadows of the blue
crystal and ice bar top in Intrigue give you a feeling of excitement.
Intrigue is truly innovative and the originator of pouring vodka, gin
and tequila at less than 5 degrees from three tall frozen towers
pouring from a dozen taps to ensure you the coldest martini in the
country. As you look into the lounge, you will immediately notice the
fire and water sunken conversation pit. Relax and enjoy the warmth and
passion you feel as you take in the full view of the pit. A great spot
for romantic, intimate meetings. What a place to gather with friends!
Another original and most intriguing part of the lounge is the
aromatherapy oxygen bar. Enjoy personalized sessions of high purity
oxygen with your choice of aromatherapy scent. Indulge as you breathe
purer air while receiving the benefits of all natural aromatherapy and
relax as you enjoy your neck and back massage.
After leaving the lounge your senses are awakened again with the smell
and sight of the bakery showcase with its huge variety of cheesecakes
featuring, CHEESECAKE BY THE SCOOP™, of which we are the originators.
Instead of the traditional one slice and one topping, we give you the
opportunity to try 2 flavors for the price of one slice. You can enjoy
some of our combinations like White Chocolate Raspberry Truffle and
Key Lime, Chocolate and White Chocolate Strawberry, German Chocolate
and Chocolate, just to name a few. Cheesecake by the Scoop™ includes
our world famous pecan crust crumbles layered throughout and topped
with signature toppings providing an amazing flavor profile. Our
Original Cheesecake by the Scoop™ has never before been done - Enjoy!
As you gaze on the fire back lit front desk you immediately gaze on
all three, Sweet, Fire & Ice. One step into the dining room gives you
a feeling of comfort and warmth of fire emanating from the open
kitchen. You will be surprised at the kitchen. Instead of the usual
stainless steel kitchen, you will notice the difference of our copper
kitchen, surrounded by copper colored tiles, introducing the cutting
edge of the industry. Sweet Fire & Ice's menu includes appetizers,
salads, soups, sandwiches, pastas, rotisserie, signature dishes,
sizzlin' steaks, fish house, and seafood platters. We offer a huge
selection of menu items for every palette. Sweet Fire & Ice has it all
- a beautiful dining room, Intrigue - Fireside Martini & Oxygen Lounge
and a delicious Bakery.
The food, the service, the ambiance, the scene, the people are all
reasons for being here and to feel with all your senses, and most
importantly, to enjoy life - for it is oh so SWEET! Enjoy, hope you
return soon and please tell your friends. Our mission is to
serve our guests better than any one."
Save yourself some time and trouble. Al Copeland's restaurant concepts have come and gone like the Mississippi tide. Social City may well be something else before you can get there. Never known for outstanding anything, this local beat-up chain has had more makeovers than Joan Rivers.....with similar results.
It's really a shame about the loss of Al Sr., but his kid is in no way, shape or form able to restart this tired group. They have made a lot of changes that just don't appear to be working. Most savvy locals consider these places a joke.
IMHO his best concept was Popeye's. The rest, not so much........This isn't Vegas. Food trumps showmanship. RIP Al.
I had the opportunity to frequent SFI in 2006, while living and working in Jefferson parish after Katrina. I have to say it was an experience. Always had a great time hanging out in the lounge area even chatted with Al a few times when he graced the restaurant with his presence. Thanks NOLA.