Rouses Market opens in downtown New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS — The city’s most celebrated chefs and restaurateurs were on hand to help the Rouse family open its new market in the Arts District near the Mercedes Benz Superdome on Tuesday.

This is the company’s 38th store and the first full-service market in downtown New Orleans since A. M. & J. Solari Market and Food Emporium closed its doors in 1965.

“This is so much more than a traditional grocery store,” Donny Rouse of Rouses Markets said in a news release. “It’s a completely new culinary concept for New Orleans.”

The new location is at 701 Baronne St. at the corner of Girod. It will be open from 6 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week.

The store is lined with thousands of gourmet, specialty, local and international groceries. The market’s team includes professional chefs, bakers, sommeliers, baristas, gelato makers and a cheese monger.

“At 6 a.m., customers can start their mornings with hot brewed French Market coffee, espresso and fresh baked gourmet donuts at our Coffee Bar,” Rouse said. “And the offerings just get bigger and better from there.”

Throughout the day, Rouses Markets’ professional chefs will be baking pizzas and calzones, rolling burritos and making fresh pressed paninis, pastas, sushi and soup.

“We really like to think of our prepared food department as a restaurant within our store,” Rouse said.

Another wow factor at the new Rouses market is the produce department, which features hydroponic herbs, lettuces and tomatoes, and natural and organic bulk foods.

Seafood lovers can choose from 12 different types of oysters and an extraordinary assortment of whole fish.

Rouses butcher shop boasts steakhouse favorites Kobe Waygu beef and dry aged USDA Choice Angus beef, along with Berkshire pork, lamb, veal and natural chicken.

Regarding the hard-to-find specialty items Rouses Markets is famous for acquiring, Rouse noted that the company’s buyers shopped the world to find the most extraordinary products.

“We have an outstanding selection of specialty and international groceries integrated throughout the store,” he said.

Rouses Markets also shopped locally. They worked with local bakers, pastry chefs, candy makers, farmers and fishermen and partnered with local favorites like Sucre, Maple Street Patisserie and the St. James Cheese Co. The coffee shop serves French Market Coffee.

“Highlights of the store also include a bakery with Rouses signature specialty cakes, pastries, artisan breads and gourmet donuts made fresh right in the store; a cheese shop with hundreds of varieties of cheese and an expanded assortment of charcuterie; a reserve collection of fine wines; and the largest single bottle beer selection of any supermarket,” Rouse said. “Rouses cheese mongers and sommeliers are on hand to assist customers with their selections.

“We also put in a greatly expanded health and wellness section,” Rouse said.

The section includes homeopathic products, vitamins, herbs, supplements and organic bath, body and hair-care products.

Throughout the store Rouses Markets has hundreds of gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, low sodium, vegan, vegetarian and organic offerings, including baby food and frozen foods.

“I truly believe this is one of the finest grocery stores anywhere in the country,” Rouse said. “My family and I designed it as a special thank you to New Orleans. We were amazed by the outpouring of support we received when we opened our first store here in 2007; I know you’ll be amazed by this new store.”

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