After 163 years in its original French Quarter home, Tujague’s, the world’s second-oldest restaurant, needed to relocate.
Tujague’s turned to Woodward to provide both design and construction services for the move to a nearby location on the same street.
The demolition phase consisted of hauling out all of the previous tenant’s finishes, while the interior buildout phase consisted of framing new walls, installing new ceilings, new lighting, and installing and refinishing wood flooring on the second and third stories.
Tujague’s didn’t want to lose any charm of their original location during the move, so wall panels, mirrors, and tile flooring were carefully chosen to recreate the classic Tujague’s feel. Many of the original light fixtures and finishes were transported to the new location. Woodward built a new bar, an all-glass wine cellar, and banquette seating in the main dining room.
Construction in the historic French Quarter always comes with a few challenges. Woodward liaised with the Vieux Carre Commission for various elements of the project, material hauling and deliveries in the bustling district required effective management and scheduling expertise, and securing the site for safety of pedestrians in this high traffic location were all areas of focus.