With Treme restaurant for sale, Baquet family’s long history in New Orleans food is ending | Where NOLA Eats

Creole gumbo has been a cornerstone dish in every restaurant Wayne Baquet has run, including the last, Li’l Dizzy’s Café in Treme.

In the realm of New Orleans cuisine, Baquet himself has been just as constant a presence, serving as proprietor at a succession of restaurants, a perennial Jazz Fest food vendor and the steward of one of the city’s longest-running Black restaurant family legacies.

Now, though, change has come. After months of speculation, Baquet confirmed he will not reopen Li’l Dizzy‘s and has decided to retire.

The restaurant could conceivably reopen as Li’l Dizzy’s with new owners. Baquet has been talking with potential buyers since the summer, though none of those discussions has progressed.


A pile of empty gumbo pots and other cooking utensils stacked in a corner at Li’l Dizzy’s Cafe on Esplande Avenue in New Orleans. Owner Wayne Baquet has decided to close the restaurant. (Photo by

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