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Saints GM Mickey Loomis, partners to transform Metry Bar into new spot with rooftop dining | Where NOLA Eats

The former home of the Metry Café & Bar, a longtime haunt in Old Metairie, will soon be transformed into a much different kind of neighborhood spot.

Parish Line Bistro Bar is set to open here late in the summer, with an upscale/casual atmosphere, an open-air rooftop dining area and a menu from a veteran Emeril’s restaurant chef.

Extensive renovations now underway at the corner address at 601 Metairie Road, adjacent to the railroad tracks that cross through Old Metairie.

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Parish Line Bistro Bar is taking shape at 601 Metairie Road, the former home of Metry Cafe & Bar, and will feature a rooftop dining area. (Staff photo by Ian McNulty, | The Times-Picayune)

Much about the menu remains in the works, but it will be guided by Chris Wilson, the chef and cofounder of the Larder Gourmet Market & Eatery in Metairie, who had a 28-year career cooking with Emeril Lagasse and was the celebrity chef’s top culinary director prior to the pandemic.

“It will be an upscale bar and restaurant, and I think something very different for this area,” said Wilson.

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A design rendering shows Parish Line Bistro Bar, now taking shape at 601 Metairie Road. (Contributed image)

Parish Line Bistro Bar is being developed by a partnership of four well-known local names.

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That includes Mickey Loomis, general manager of the New Orleans Saints; Mickey Parenton, an executive with gaming company Pinnacle Entertainment; Gabe Corchiani, the former University of New Orleans basketball star who started his Fat Boy’s Pizza concept in Old Metairie; and John Georges, the businessman who is owner of The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate.

“We’ve wanted to team up on something like this for many years,” Corchiani said in a statement. “The goal is a place that our wives and friends would enjoy, something that’s cutting edge and comfortable.”

Parish Line Bistro Bar is the latest of a string of developments adding hospitality options along Metairie Road. Last month, chef Michael Gulotta of Maypop and MoPho, announced plans to develop an upscale Italian restaurant called TANA about two miles away at 2929 Metairie Road. Corchiani is also a partner in the forthcoming TANA, which is slated to open early next year.

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