Bartender Paul Gustings Heads to Broussard's and Other Dining News

By Todd A. Price, NOLA.com | Times-Picayune

Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts is building an all-star team of bartenders. The group, which owns numerous restaurants throughout the French Quarter, moved into fine dining this year with Kingfish. There they installed Chris McMillian, a consummate old-school barman, a founder of the Museum of the American Cocktail and a mentor to many of our city's best young drink makers. The company also bought the nearly century-old Broussard's. When the Creole stalwart reopens after renovations, Paul Gustings will be behind the bar.

Gustings, originally from the Netherlands, was a grumpy but well-loved fixture for years at both the Napoleon House and Tujague's. Esquire magazine once called him possibly "the crustiest bartender on earth."

If you've never had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Gustings, listen to this 2005 interview conducted by Amy Evans of the Southern Foodways Alliance.

Source: NOLA.com | Times-Picayune