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Ella Brennan: Matriarch of New Orleans cuisine

by The 100 Companies

Born in New Orleans in 1925, Ella Brennan’s legacy for quality dining experiences and Southern hospitality shaped the standard for Cajun and American cuisine as we know it.

Her passion for food began as a teenager while working at her brother’s restaurant, The Old Absinthe House on Bourbon Street. After her brother’s sudden passing, Brennan carried out his next planned restaurant concept – acquiring her own financial backing after banks pulled out of the new venture.

The first Brennan’s Restaurant opened in 1956, and its success hinged upon her hands-on presence, which won the hearts of guests and restaurant staff alike.

– Amanda Fox, The 100 Companies

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