Long before Cajun cooking became a global phenomenon, the Bon Ton restaurant was a beloved destination for these flavors in downtown New Orleans. The restaurant’s history reached back further, to 19th century New Orleans, and it was an enduring part of the local restaurant scene.
When its longtime owners, the Pierce family, decided to retire, they lined up a buyer with plans to continue the restaurant. They hosted their regulars for heartfelt, sometimes tearful farewells over crawfish étouffée and strong rum Ramsey cocktails. And then they closed the doors.