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America's oldest family-run restaurant celebrates 175 years

Located at 713 St. Louis Street, the French Quarter restaurant was established in 1840 by Antoine Alciatore (photo by Michael Bentley, Flickr). Located at 713 St. Louis Street, the French Quarter restaurant was established in 1840 by Antoine Alciatore (photo by Michael Bentley, Flickr).
U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt Antoine's, 1937 (via Works Progress Administration). U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt Antoine's, 1937 (via Works Progress Administration).
NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) -

The oldest family-run restaurant in the United States celebrates 175 years.

Antoine’s is a New Orleans staple. Located at 713 St. Louis Street, the French Quarter restaurant was established in 1840 by Antoine Alciatore. It’s still owned and operated by fifth generation relatives.

Known for its fine French-Creole cuisine, Antoine’s is credited to be the inventor of several famous dishes – such as Oysters Rockefeller, Pompano en Papillote, Eggs Sardoux and Pigeonneaux Paradis. The restaurant has hosted some of the world’s most prominent figures, including several U.S. presidents, dozens of A-list celebrities and Pope John Paul II.

Rick Blount is a 5th generation descendant of the founder. He prides the restaurant as being the “oldest family-run restaurant in the country.”

"We still do Rockefeller, we still do Shrimp Remulaude. The things [Alciatore] started with the restaurant we keep up. The cooking styles are well over 100-years-old. The way we prepare everything is really traditional old style cuisine," Blount said.

On Monday, the restaurant will announce a week-long series of events to celebrate 175 years. Events will include a historical dinner with a visiting chef, a public block party, a fundraising gala and a special Antoine Alciatore family reunion. The restaurant will also feature a special guest menu from America’s first restaurant - Delmonico’s in New York.

A press conference will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday to detail this week’s event.

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