Today, August 4th, 2019 is the last day you can dine at the iconic “Gene’s Po-boys” in the Marigny. After 50 years of serving New Orleans, one of the more iconic stores of the city is closing its doors at 4:00 P.M. today.
Gene’s Po-Boys first opened at 1040 Elysian Fields in the Marigny in 1968. Over the past 50 years, the business served old-school New Orleans po-boys. They are known for their delicious hot sausage, catfish, roast beef, and fried oysters selections.
In the past few years, Gene’s became a pop-culture sensation; the store-front featured by the likes of Beyonce and Jay-Z, in Drake‘s “In My Feelings Video,” and even in a classic 2018 “Simpsons” episode. The old pink building was as iconic as it was timeless, situated on the popular and growing corner of Frenchman & St. Claude.
In a much-changing landscape in New Orleans, owner Eugene “Gene” Theriot, who took over the restaurant from his father, placed the building up for sale in February. The $4.9 million listing included the two-level building at 2128 St. Claude Avenue, an empty lot on Elysian Fields, and the actual business of Gene’s Po-Boys.
Owners hoped the building would remain Gene’s, a developer bought the property and is, unfortunately, turning it into condominiums. A success story for the Theriot family, but a small piece of New Orleans saying goodbye.
If you are reading this and today is August 4th, 2019, you need to head to Gene’s for one last round of hot sausages and catfish po-boys.