After announcing last month that they would be forced to lay off over 150 employees due to the coronavirus pandemic, one of New Orleans' most famous and historic restaurants has set a date to re-open. Arnaud's Restaurant, which has been in business in the French Quarter since 1918, announced earlier this week that they will make a triumphant return to the classic service that they are famous for on October 1.

Known for serving French and Creole cuisine, the restaurant, which is located at 1813 Bienville, will begin by only serving dinner Thursdays through Saturdays. Since earlier this summer, they had been surviving on small or private events that were scattered throughout their dining areas. The dining rooms where serving will take place has been reconfigured to accommodate new guidelines that include social distancing.

Owner Archie Casbarian, Jr., who runs the restaurant with his sister Katy, told NOLA.com he has confidence in area patrons to make the return to service a viable option. “There’s so much uncertainty out there about the willingness of people to come out and dine again, but we’ve been watching the community and what we’re seeing makes us hopeful that New Orleans is ready to step up. We want to get back to normal operations as soon as we can, and this is the first step on that path."

Arnaud's closed operations in March after the stay at home order, but opened in June for Saturday night service only. They suspended that as well, saying on their website that they would open back up as soon as they felt it was safe for customers and staff alike.