Mettle, the shuttered east side restaurant, will become home to Bridget Dunlap's next project: Cajun food truck Baton Creole’s brick and mortar Ophelia. The new restaurant will debut
on Wednesday, February 24 Update, 5:08 p.m.: sometime next week. The original opening date was delayed due to "unforeseen issues". Update, February 29: A rep confirmed that Ophelia is now open.
The project, run by both Baton Creole owner Lynzy "Pub" Moran and Dunlap, will feature a Texas-Louisiana menu spanning chicken-fried frogs legs, crawfish, gumbo, and boudin grilled cheese. Drinks will follow suit, like Hurricanes made with blood oranges, and Sazeracs in absinthe-washed glasses. Take a look at the mock-up menus below.
The space will be done up with red velvet curtains and altars dedicated to famed singers like Nina Simone, Etta James, Janis Joplin, Stevie Nicks, and Billie Holiday. At first, happy hour and dinner will only be served, followed by brunch and lunch in the future. Hours will be from 4 to 11 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 4 p.m. to midnight on Thursday through Saturday, and 3 to 9 p.m. on Sunday.
Ophelia Blue was one of the working names for Dunlap’s East 6th Street pizzeria Burn. She also took over closed Arro for another bar project on West Sixth, Parlor & Yard,
set to open soon, too. is now open.