Once upon a time, in New Orleans' French Market, there were two great beignet and coffee shops: Cafe du Monde (see the Roadfood.com review) and Morning Call (see the Roadfood.com review). Morning Call was the newcomer, having arrived in 1870. They both purveyed hot fried pastries and chicory coffee on Decatur Street until 1974, when, amid rising rents and urban renewal, Morning Call picked up and moved to a strip mall in Metairie. And now, almost 40 years after the move, the first steps have been taken towards a triumphant return to the French Quarter.
Last Tuesday, the Vieux Carre Commission gave what has been termed "conceptual approval" to a plan for Morning Call to move to a site currently occupied by a vacant old brick service station (which isn't as simple as it sounds: that service station is said to have some historical/architectural significance). The location is on the west side of Conti, between Decatur and North Peters:
The initial plan calls for an open-air two-story glass cube with a rooftop terrace. Morning Call would also like to close Conti for the block between this site and the park bordering the river. There are still multiple boards and commissions that will have to give approval before the plan can be put into action but, with a little luck, we may once again have two classic beignet shops along Decatur Street before too long.