Public Service, restaurant in new NOPSI Hotel, opening in New Orleans July 6

Posted on: June 21 2017

By Brett Anderson, | The Times-Picayune

Public Service, the restaurant inside the new NOPSI Hotel, has an opening date and a chef. The restaurant will serve its first meals on July 6, and its kitchen will be headed by Dustin Brien, formerly of Salú, the small plates restaurant on Magazine Street.

"Brien will prepare contemporary cuisine in an open-display kitchen highlighted by a modern raw bar and open-flame rotisserie," reads a release issued by the hotel. "He believes in searching for the finest local ingredients to create the highest quality dishes and finds inspiration in seasonal foods."

Brien began his cooking career in Boston. The release quotes chef: "At Public Service, the recipe is simple: combine confident Southern hospitality with a menu that allows the ingredients to speak for themselves."

The NOPSI Hotel is located in the former headquarters of New Orleans Public Service Inc., New Orleans' transportation and utility service provider until the 1980s, which was commonly called NOPSI. The building on Baronne Street dates to 1927 and boasts terrazzo floors and high vaulted ceilings.

Public Service's dining room team will be led by Carlos Ramirez, former general manager of Restaurant R'evolution.