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Trinity Creole: A Taste of New Orleans

The new downtown Kennesaw restaurant is ready for the holidays after opening in a sluggish economy.

Kelly Averill wanted to open a restaurant featuring New Orleans-style cuisine, and a struggling economy wasn't going to stop her.

"If you do it right, a restaurant is almost recession-proof," said Averill, an Acworth resident with 26 years of experience in the restaurant industry. "When times are bad, people commisserate. When times are good, people celebrate. There will always be birthdays, anniversaries and holiday parties--life isn't going to stop."

Averill joined forces with owner William Brunson III to open Trinity Creole Cafe at 2756 South Main Street in downtown Kennesaw in October. Formerly the home of Capers Restaurant, the pink building now houses what Averill calls "an inspired fusion of high class and low-country."

 The restaurant's website explains that Louisiana Creole cuisine is recognized as a unique style of cooking originating in New Orleans. It makes use of what is called "The Holy Trinity" (chopped celery, bell peppers and onions) and "The Pope" (garlic). Thus, the restaurant's name.

Creole has developed from many cultural influences, but most heavily from French, Spanish, African, Native American, and Caribbean styles.

General Manager Averill said she saw potential in the location and was impressed by the redevelopment underway in the the downtown Kennesaw area. The building was totally renovated to include a full bar area, rich woodwork and tile floors, and a backyard patio deck.

"We have a cozy, warm and inviting feeling with great food," said Averill. "It's like sitting at home with friends--but you don't have to clean up." Meals range from $7 to $50 and kids meals are available for $7.

Menu items range from Louisiana crab cakes to French Quarter stuffed filet to topping it all off with cinnamon-peach bread pudding for dessert. All the famous New Orleans beers and liqueurs are also available.

Averill said she is also proud of their attempt to use local and U.S. products and vendors. They make as much in-house food as possible and practice a progressive recycling program that has reduced waste by 85 percent, said Averill.

Donna Espy-Rypel November 28, 2011 at 11:45 PM
Kelly - Good point! Thanks for sharing your chef names with us -- I look forward to trying their wonderful Creole cuisine! Good luck in all your business endeavors!
Kelly November 29, 2011 at 12:11 AM
I would like to make sure and credit our Executive Chef Charlie Zaremba and Sous Chef Adam Legrand. Without them we'd just be a nice space with average food. They've put together an amazing team of artists in the kitchen who all truly put their heart and souls into making sure the diversity and charm of the French Quarter are represented in the cuisine.
Cris Eaton Welsh November 29, 2011 at 11:31 AM
If you haven't stopped over, you must. The renovations are magnificent, the space is cozy and the food is wonderful. So excited to have y'all here downtown with us. They are open for lunch too!
Eric J. Dec November 30, 2011 at 05:54 PM
I love Trinity Creole Cafe!!
Kelly November 30, 2011 at 08:43 PM
Again, wanting to make sure credit is given where credit is due....the owner William Brunson III was actually the one who conceived the concept of Trinity and found it's location long before I was a member of the organization. I was fortunate enough to be an integral part in the final build-out and design but it was truly his dream to open Trinity in Kennesaw. As the General Manager I am responsible for the daily operations and am sometimes considered the "front woman" but at the end of the day I can only take credit for making sure Trinity runs smoothly (and is nicely decorated:) During interviews especially, it is easy to cross the fine line between owner and ownership so I just wanted to make sure and acknowledge William as the reason why Trinity actually exists. I would like to thank Donna, The Patch and all the folks over at City Hall for their support and say how happy we are to be part of such a great community.
Donna Espy-Rypel November 30, 2011 at 09:38 PM
Thanks for the comments, Kelly....Mr. Brunson made a good choice in location and in the type of restaurant he chose to bring to Kennesaw! I hope residents will stop by and enjoy your chefs' amazing Creole cooking during this holiday season!
MEAlon February 21, 2012 at 02:57 PM
What happened? The cafe was closed for a few weeks and reopened last week. We brought out of town guests last Sat night and things were different - not so good. Limited menu executed poorly. New waiter (first day on job) told us that they were operating under new management. What gives?
Jason February 23, 2012 at 12:50 AM
MEAlon, thank you for your time and I'm sorry your meal was not to your expectations. Tomorrow, the 23rd, we are starting our lunch service featuring po'boys, salads, and soups. The dinner menu is also expanding as we receive good feedback from our dinner specials. Please do not hesitate to call in for a reservation and we will make sure you are taken care of. Satisfaction is guaranteed.

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