When you live in a small, tight-knit neighborhood like Algiers Point, you’re bound to hear about new happenings just by visiting the corner bar. Point in fact, it was while in line at Joel’s Lobster Rolls pop-up hosted outside the Crown & Anchor Pub that I heard about Tonti’s Hand.
Billed as a French brasserie, Tonti’s Hand is opening their doors on Saturday, November 5th at 323 Verret Street, inside the building that formerly housed One Stone Restaurant. What I have managed to glean through social media posts and rumor mills is that A.J. McAlear, former General Manager at Antoine’s Restaurant, is launching this new venture in the Point, and though they are still developing their menu, their Instagram account hints at dishes like Salad Bruxelles (a.k.a. shaved Brussels sprouts salad), escargot and fresh Gulf oysters.
Seeing as there are only a few options within walking distance — ie. Barracuda Tacos, Appetite Repair Shop, Tavolino Pizza, and Dry Dock Cafe — folks are all a-buzz about a new dining option close by. I’ll definitely be checking it out as soon as possible!