As ABiz first reported in September, the owners of Marcello’s Restaurant and Wine Bar have teamed up with Lafayette businessman Kevin Moody of The Moody Company to expand the Marcello’s concept to Metairie.
The partnership converted The Moody Company’s former Coyote Blues at 4860 Veterans Blvd. into the Todaros’ Sicilian concept, and the new restaurant opened its doors Jan. 19 with two familiar faces from the original Kaliste Saloom Road location: Nicole Jordan and Blakley Kymen. Jordan is general manager for the new restaurant, and Kymen, who is executive chef for the restaurant group, will oversee all of the restaurants from the Metairie kitchen.
The new Metairie location of Marcello’s has the company’s trademark racks to display its wines, which are priced more closely to retail than most restaurants, and the ambiance and décor create the experience of dining in a winery, Gene Todaro Jr. tells ABiz.
At about 6,500 square feet, it’s significantly bigger than the New Orleans restaurant, which is 4,800 square feet, and Lafayette, which is about 4,000. The new location can accommodate larger private events than the existing Marcello’s restaurants.
The Moody Company has interests in newspapers, restaurants, real estate, oil and gas and private equity investments, and the Todaros also own Marcello’s wine shop on Johnston Street, among other interests in New Orleans.