You’ve probably read somewhere that “Sixty percent of restaurants don’t make it past their first year and 80 percent go out of business within five years” or “The average lifespan of a restaurant is five years and by some estimates, up to 90 percent of new ones fail within the first year”.
Urban legends—none of that is true.
According to Forbes, “…only 17% of restaurants close in the first year, not 90%.”
And then there’s New Orleans, which is probably the home to more “centenarian” restaurants—restaurants that are still thriving more than 100 years after their founding—than any other city in the country.
They must be doing something right to last 100 years. Whatever that “something” is, Galatoire’s, on Bourbon Street in the French Quarter, is doing it particularly well.
Founded 115 years ago, Galatoire’s is yet another New Orleans centenarian restaurant, like Commander’s Palace and Acme Oyster House. Five generations of the Galatoire family and descendants have been involved with the running of the restaurant.
For my simple Shrimp Remoulade starter, the shrimp were boiled and served on iceberg lettuce. The authentic, definitely-not-from-a-bottle remoulade sauce was a quintessential taste of New Orleans.
Somewhere under that luscious mound of bacon and caramelized onions is a perfectly seasoned roasted half chicken, complemented by cottage fries. Highest possible praise for this one. Looking back, it was my favourite main course in a week full of great meals.