What started as a joke between Christy and Justin Pitard somewhere along the way became reality. Christy suggested they open a restaurant, just as someone might suggest buying a new pair of shoes. Justin called her bluff and, during what he thought was a prank, introduced Christy to Tulane Avenue and the dilapidated property he once managed. Christy walked in and among the dust, mud, and water lines left over from Hurricane Katrina, she envisioned what was to become.
Opening a restaurant seemed like a challenging but fun idea to both. Christy’s experience in the service industry and Justin’s business background could prove to be a good combination. They sought out used restaurant furniture and (usually broken) kitchen equipment. Buildout was a long and expensive process, almost 2 full years. In January of 2012, they both quit their respective jobs and walked into a never-used, brand new kitchen with broken equipment. Through actual blood, sweat, and sometimes tears, they repaired stoves, fryers, and steam tables.
In March of 2012, Justin and Christy opened Avery’s Po-Boys. At first, the idea was to just sling po-boy sandwiches to construction workers building the UMC and VA Medical Centers down the road. But soon, almost immediately, they found new and interesting ways to do a very traditional dish. Po-Boys and appetisers like the Buffalo Shrimp and Fried Potato Salad began to emerge from the kitchen. Soon, the menu was as creative and different than any other place serving similar fare. In 2014, they re-named the restaurant to separate themselves from ‘just another po-boy shop’ and to reflect the pride they have in the ever changing neighborhood they chose to invest in.
Welcome to Avery’s On Tulane!