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Famed New Orleans Restaurant Icon Ella Brennan Dies at 92

Chef Chris Shepherd posted a lovely remembrance for the Brennan family matriarch

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Louisiana’s iconic Commander’s Palace sign will go dark tonight, Eater New Orleans reports, in honor of the passing of the city’s restaurant icon Ella Brennan. The woman responsible for the landmark NOLA restaurant and whose family is behind H-town’s essential Brennan’s of Houston died this morning at age 92. Brennan’s of Houston’s has been serving up Cajun favorites — and new items like crab & caviar nachos — for more than 50 years.

Brennan’s legacy includes highlights like inventing bananas foster, starring in a Netflix doc, and launching the careers of Emeril Lagasse and Houston’s own Chris Shepherd.

The One Fifth chef posted a lovely tribute to Brennan on his Instagram, writing in part: “Ella was such an integral part of so many individuals career, including mine. Words cannot express my gratitude for what the family has done for me and everyone you touched. Ella, you changed a lot of lives and we are all better for being in yours. You will be missed but your lessons about this industry will live on forever. I thank you.”

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