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January 16, 2015

New Orleans-esque restaurants coming to North Broad

The restaurants will be housed at 667 N. Broad St., currently under development

New Orleans flavor is coming to North Broad Street in Philadelphia.

Chef John Mims, a New Orleans native with a well-established reputation for bringing authentic Cajun-Creole cuisine to the Philadelphia area, will be opening two New Orleans-inspired restaurants at 667 N. Broad St.

The plans for the building, which is currently under the development of EB Realty Management, are to keep Stephen Starr’s commissary in place and add 20 apartment units as well as three commercial tenants, two of which Mims has called dibs on, according to Philadelphia Magazine.

Mims will open a Cajun-Creole restaurant called Treme as well as a coffee and beignet café called Cafe Beignet, an ode to New Orleans' Cafe du Monde.

In addition to the 50-seat dining room, Treme also will feature live music and a 75-seat bar area, Philadelphia Magazine's Arthur Etchells reported.

Chris Cordaro, executive director with EB Realty Management, told Etchells that plans to redevelop the building are “in our pipeline.”

There is currently no timeline for the project, but Cordaro remarked that Billy Procida–who is helping to fund multiple (Eric) Blumenfeld projects through Procida Funding–is "excited" about it.