I’m totally obsessed with one of the newest restaurants on my street. Mellow Mushroom is a franchise but the owners, Elizabeth and Austin Kent and James Son, did such a good job of making it fit right in on Oak Street! They totally transformed a two-story house that was built in the early 1900s and were able to preserve the original façade and a handful of interior decor.
The franchise really promotes local ownership and operation, said Son, a New Orleans native. Each location is completely different and really focuses on the local community.”
Although the chain has certain requirements regarding consistency and standards for the menu, franchisees are still able to source their produce and products locally. When renovating the building they used local contractors, architects and artists, including Graffiti Graphics, aka my super talented parents, for their awesome sign!
We really wanted to emphasize where we were and use as many locals aspects as possible, said Son. For me it’s really important that we be a part of this community.”
Mellow and Oak Street each portray a funky vibe that fits right in with the culture and residents of this area,” states Elizabeth.
Once I was done obsessing over the decor, it was time to eat and man is their pizza good! I especially like the Red Skin Potato Pie. It sounds a little weird, but it’s SO good! I have already been way too many times since they opened in March!