From nola.com, some great news!
The Louisiana State Museum's board of directors voted Monday to accept local restaurateur Scott Boswell's proposal to lease the Lower Pontalba Building space formerly occupied by La Madeleine French Bakery and Restaurant.
The ground-floor space facing Jackson Square at Chartres and St. Ann streets is considered a prime commercial location, but it has been vacant since Hurricane Katrina.
Starbucks Coffee Co. also had been interested in leasing the site, but it recently withdrew its application.
Boswell has said he plans to open a Stanley restaurant much like the breakfast-and-lunch place he ran at 1031 Decatur St. for a year after Katrina. The restaurant would feature a "great New Orleans brunch, po-boys, real New Orleans food," he has said. It would include at least 50 dining tables plus a soda fountain seating 50. Opening is expected in late fall.
Boswell also operates the more upscale Stella Restaurant at 1032 Chartres St.