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Beloved CBD Restaurant Couvant Reopens After Two-Year Hiatus with New Executive Chef

Couvant Reopen Chef Ryan Pearson

Couvant Bar & Brasserie, a beloved CBD restaurant, has announced plans to reopen in March 2022 with a new head chef.

Covid forced Couvant’s doors to close two years ago, but the restaurant never lost sight of its potential and will reopen with new flare. Leading the charge is New Orleans native and Executive Chef Ryan Pearson. His primary focus will be relaunching the restaurant, while his culinary style will also influence changes to The Eliza Jane’s lobby bar, The Press Room, and the property’s catering and banquet offerings.

Couvant Reopens
Full service bar at Couvant.

Couvant Reopens with Top Chef

Chef Ryan Pearson returns to the New Orleans culinary scene after years of working abroad in Paris and New York. Most recently, Pearson served as the Sous Chef of Michelin-starred restaurant, Daniel, in New York City. In France, Pearson was a Chef Consultant helping open the first high-end New Orleans Brasserie in Paris. He curated dynamic dishes inspired by New Orleans, but with original French products and ingredients.

His impressive culinary resume also includes serving as Executive Sous Chef for Michelin-starred and James Beard Award recipient, Batard, and Chef Tournant at Michelin-starred Nomad in New York City.

“Ryan’s contemporary yet classic cooking style and collaborative management practices align perfectly with our goals and vision for the restaurant and hotel,” says Area Director of Food & Beverage, Gene Fields.

Couvant is located in the former Peychaud Cocktail Bitters factory, and will now offer guests elevated French cuisine infused with southern soul. The new twist is inspired by Pearson’s international background. As the creative visionary behind Couvant’s culinary concept, Pearson will draw from his travels and professional experiences to create a delicious menu that highlights the ingredients of Louisiana, while paying tribute to the state’s plentiful bounty of ingredients.

Pearson is passionate about creating an approachable, yet specialized atmosphere at the restaurant. Whether you’re celebrating special occasions or stopping by for a quick bite for lunch, Pearson will continue to elevate food and beverage programming as Couvant reopens with regularly scheduled events available to hotel guests and local residents alike.

Couvant is located at 317 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130. For more information about the hotel, please visit the Couvant website or call (504) 324 5400.


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