Crescent City Grill opens next week

By Staff
NEW ORLEANS STYLE – Crescent City Grill Kitchen Operations Manager Scott Duckworth, left, and Managing Partner Bo Van Nostrand will open the Crescent City Grill to the public on Tuesday. The restaurant is in the former Princeton's and Chesterfield's location on Azalea Drive. Photo by Carisa McCain/The Meridian Star
By Penny Randall / staff writer
Sept. 18, 2002
The Crescent City grill opens in Meridian on Tuesday but you can get a sneak preview and help out a good cause at a special benefit the night before.
Owner Robert St. John will host a fund-raiser for Hope Village for Children on Monday, from 6 p.m.-9 p.m.
Partners branch out
Meridian's Crescent City Grill is an expansion for St. John and his partner, Clint Taylor, who already operate the original Crescent City Grill in Hattiesburg.
St. John is a 21-year veteran of the restaurant business and president of the New South Restaurant Group in Hattiesburg. He also writes a column appearing Wednesdays in The Meridian Star.
The new restaurant will open in the former location of Princeton's and Chesterfield's on Azalea Drive. The partners bought the 12,000-square-foot building earlier this year and have since remodeled the interior.
St. John and Taylor also operate the Purple Parrot Cafe in Hattiesburg. They say people have approached them over the last several years about opening restaurants in Jackson and on the Gulf Coast.
But St. John hesitated, wanting to wait until the time was right. He said he believes now is the time and Meridian is the place.
Local management
Two longtime employees will be in charge of the Meridian restaurant. Bo Van Nostrand will be the managing partner; the kitchen operating manager will be Scott Duckworth.
St. John believes that a restaurant's success depends on its management.
Van Nostrand has been with the company about eight years and worked his way through the ranks. He was the manager of Hattiesburg's Crescent City Grill before moving to Meridian.
Duckworth is a native of Magee and was the kitchen manager at the Purple Parrot Cafe and Crescent City Grill in Hattiesburg.
Big Easy menu
New Orleans and Creole food highlight the menu with everything from chicken sandwiches and steak to salads and po'boys filling out the offerings. The restaurant will be open Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Lunches range from $5 to $6 dollars, evening meals $10 to 12.
The restaurant will also house the Mahogany Bar. Affectionately known as "The Hog," the bar features a large selection of imported and domestic beers, bourbons and fine wines. Patrons can also choose from a selection of premium cigars. The bar will be open Monday through Saturday, from 11 a.m.- 1 a.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

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