New Orleans December 13, 2017
Most People Don’t Know The History Behind This Popular New Orleans Eatery
Just about everything in New Orleans has a history to it, and this building is no different. La Petite Grocery serves elegant and mouthwatering cuisine you’re sure to love, and next time you dine there, you’ll understand the history of this amazing building.
La Petite Grocery has been in business since 2004, serving delicious cuisine locals love.
But most people don’t know the story behind the historic building.
In the late 1800s, John B. Willig build a small cottage on Magazine Street and leased the building to a young man named Frank W. Mackie.
Together, they opened up the Central Tea, Coffee & Butter Depot which was wonderfully successful.
Unfortunately, in May 1908, a fire broke out in the city that burned the store to the ground.
It set them back, but like true New Orleanians, they rebuilt.
The new building was better than ever, and unlike anything else on the block.
It had a full service grocery store and and a barn in the back with horses, and stable hands that would help with delivery charges.
The store was renamed "Frank W. Mackie Grocer" and remained the go-to place for tea, coffee, butter, and other groceries.
The store continued to operate successfully for 35 years. After Frank Mackie passed away in 1942, his youngest son took over for a while before selling the business to Frank A. Von Der Haar. Von Der Haar’s Fine Foods operated for nearly 40 years before closing down in 1982.
After Von Der Haar’s Fine Foods closed town, Irwin’s Flowers took over and provided the neighborhood with fresh floral arrangements for almost twenty years.
They shut down just after 2000, paving the way for the restaurant we all know and love to open its doors in this historic building.
In March 2004, La Petite Grocery opened, the name is a nod to the history of the building and the original store that operated here.
You can find La Petite Grocery at 4238 Magazine Street.
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