The Fire is out at Gulf Place

Published: Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 04:44 PM.

"It was like it was God arranged," said Messina of the meeting.  

Messina and Darr reached an agreement that Darr takes the name "Fire" with her and all the Fire memorabilia, and Messina agreed to retain all the restaurant's employees who have been with Darr for several years.

"It worked out beautifully," said Messina .

Gone is the large portrait of a firehouse Dalmatian that formerly hung in the entryway, and a large TV takes its place.

Where the large TV used to hang over the bar, a large chalkboard is being installed where all the restaurant's bourbons will be listed, along with the bourbon of the month. More than 40 different bourbons, 10 single-malt Scotch, and blue-cheese-stuffed martinis will be offered.

The restaurant's signature drink will be an Italian milk punch.

As for the food, Messina said the menu will reflect his New Orleans ' family's Italian, as well as French/Creole.

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