A new restaurant is hoping to make its mark in a familiar and iconic location.
By Rebecca Lusk, Eat.Love.BR.
When Chef Kelley McCann begins talking about his new endeavor as Executive Chef of Kalurah Street Grill, you can feel the passion resonate from within him. He loves what he does and you can see that love in every plate that leaves his kitchen. Clearly this is what co-owners Brad Watts and Chad Hughes were drawn to as well when they handpicked Chef Kelley to lead their latest venture.
In this new, vibrant space, formerly home to the iconic Chelsea’s Cafe, Watts and Hughes knew that significant changes had to be made to be successful. Today, there is little left that would remind you of what once was. Kalurah Street Grill is here to stay. When you walk through the doors you will be blown away at the beauty of the entire space. It’s soft and comfortable, yet elegant and sophisticated at the same time. They have created a space that welcomes patrons of all ages and backgrounds, and their menu has been developed in the same, unique way.
Though Chef Kelley has never had formal training, his hard work and dedication to his craft is what brought him success. He began working as a server assistant in the original Galatoire’s Bistro where he held every job as he worked his way up to Executive Chef. When he joined the team at K. Street, he used those years of real life training to develop his self-described Modern American Menu. He knew that he wanted to bring something fresh and unique to the community he has been a part of his entire life. Born and raised in the Garden District, Chef Kelley knows the importance of giving back and building relationships with his customers, “[Being relational] with guests is what makes a city great. Showing you care makes them care. We want to see the community prosper.”
Being relational and providing quality service. This is a principle that everyone, from the top down, believes in. Not only will you be welcomed into a warm space, have remarkable food from a gifted chef and his staff, but you will be blown away at the level of service they offer. Watts and Hughes know that these three aspects must come together to create an amazing experience. And an experience is what you will have when you visit Kalurah Street Grill.