By Tom Fitzmorris
Originally published August 1, 2006
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Santa Fe Reopens
Santa Fe restaurant reopened in the Marigny last night, with new owners but the same menu style. That will come as very good news to hundreds of diners. I"ve received more e-mails and calls about this place than almost any other.
The restaurant was for sale before the hurricane, and the lack of word about its future and the "For Sale" sign led many of Santa Fe's regular customers to believe that it would not be back. However, chef and owner Mark Hollger returned with the intention of bringing back his menu of Mexican and seafood dishes (and, reflecting his heritage, German desserts). However, he wound up selling it to a former associate, who has no intention of changing the menu significantly.
With good reason. Santa Fe boasted a very strong and large group of regular customers. Indeed, many of the messages I received asking about it all but said that life would not be worth living if the place didn't reopen.
Santa Fe, despite its name, did not serve the food of that city, nor say that it did. Instead, it was mostly familiar Tex-Mex dishes, interspersed with some real originals. My favorites there always involved seafood.
Hollger always did an Oktoberfest menu there as well during that German celebration. I wouldn't bet on that returning, but who knows?
One more piece of good news: Santa Fe will now be open for lunch as well as dinner. It has not served the midday meal in a very long time, if ever.
Santa Fe. 801 Frenchmen, 944-6854.
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