New Orleans restaurant legend, Ella Brennan, dies at 92

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Renowned New Orleans restaurateur, Ella Brennan, has passed away.

At the age of 92, the matriarch of one the dominant restaurants families who built Commander’s Palace into an award winning establishment, reportedly died at her home in the Garden District. Although she did not cook herself she spent countless hours learning all she could about food developing such a refined palate that she could easily tell when a dish was a “bit off” in taste.

Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards released the following statement on the death of renowned restaurateur Ella Brennan: 


Ella Brennan was an icon in the culinary industry, and she graciously shared her passion for New Orleans and our cuisine with the world,” said Gov. John Bel Edwards.

Edwards went on to call Brennan a trailblazer with a tenacious spirit who made it her mission to learn everything possible about the restaurant business from the ground up and as a result, she set a standard of excellence that was unmatched. 

“Donna and I send our deepest condolences and prayers to the Brennan family and friends. Ella’s legacy will live on throughout the state of Louisiana,” he ends.

Commander’s Palace’s Facebook Page released a statement as well thanking everyone for keeping the family in their prayers attached with a timeline showing Brennan’s influence on New Orleans and the country as a whole.

Upon her passing she was the head over a branch that operated 14 restaurants in New Orleans, Houston, and Disneyland.

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