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A Mano closing

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sanglier Aug 21, 2013 12:17 PM

Really bummed to hear that A Mano is shutting down soon. Went last week, as good as ever. I never suspected business was down to the point that it led to this decision. One less interesting restaurant to enjoy.

  1. N.O.Food Aug 21, 2013 04:30 PM

    Yeah that sucks. But, hey, Martin's says they'll be open Uptown in 2014!!!

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    1. re: N.O.Food
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      JazzyB Mar 8, 2014 07:35 AM

      Martin's says they're re opening uptown every year since 2007. Seeing is believing.

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      kibbles Aug 22, 2013 09:25 AM

      went a couple times but it never grabbed us. one odd thing was the pastas only came in full-entree portions, not in smaller dishes to compliment your meal.

      despite Domenica's loud, bright, flashy atmosphere we found ourselves going there instead dozens of times because the food rocks.

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        bmoskowitz Aug 22, 2013 12:44 PM

        Is there an overall impression on this board of the Adolpho Garcia restaurant "empire"? I know it includes La Boca, Rio Mar, and Gusto. I've never eaten at these places, but have heard good things about La Boca and coincidentally found myself chatting and drinking with the very nice head chef while dining at the bar of another CBD establishment last time I was in NOLA. But I'm generally not eating steak when in NOLA. So, what's the best of the Garcia lot? And what would characterize a "Garcia" restaurant?

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          uptownlibrarian Aug 22, 2013 01:10 PM

          One observation I've made is that the staff at his places really seem to enjoy working there. I don't think I've never had bad service at a Garcia property. I absolutely love La Boca, partly because of the hospitality and generosity of maître d' Orestes Rodriguez, partly because of the relaxed professionalism of the waitstaff, and partly because of the outstanding food. It's a fun place for a small celebration or a dinner for two, worth a visit even if you don't normally do steaks in New Orleans.

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            kibbles Aug 29, 2013 08:39 AM

            ok my broken record rant, but... i stopped going to La Boca because of the service. my table ordered two of the american kobe steaks, mine was unfortunately overcooked (medium-rare has a red core, not pink) neither the waitress, nor the host wanted to take it back...they kept coming out to ask what the problem was. meanwhile my companions finished their meal by the time i finally got a replacement (which i was able to get after telling the big manager that he was embarrassing me and ruining the occasion). the whole thing was weird.

            last visit.

          2. re: bmoskowitz
            BayouTeche Aug 22, 2013 01:18 PM

            FYI....Garcia is no longer affiliated with Rio Mar.

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              shanefink Aug 24, 2013 10:36 AM

              I think Chef Garcia spread himself way too thin. He probably was forced to give up his best place, Rio Mar, to focus on his others. And now we see the closure of one of them. I went to A-Mano several times and was never that impressed. It seemed like a poor man’s Domenica, except the prices were higher.

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                nolahipmama Aug 25, 2013 07:00 PM

                Actually, no. His choice to sell out to Partner Nick Bazan to focus on expanding the Gusto movie theater-dine-in concept.

                Although, I admit, I miss seeing him at RioMar. My kids love him!

                His list of restaurants include:
                Partner in La Boca
                Partner in Gusto, Canal Place
                Partner in High Hat
                Partner in Anacora
                Partner in Gusto (NC and Northshore, Covington/Mandeville)

                He's more of a restauranteur than a Chef, but make no mistake the man knows his food.

                I just found out about A Mano. Admittedly, I'm shocked. Waiting to hear the "whole story."

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