Kelly English is not only bringing his new restaurant The Second Line to Midtown – he’s also opening a Second Line-style restaurant and concession facility in FedExForum.
That’s an announcement he made Tuesday, which included bringing Restaurant Iris-style food to the Forum’s Lexus Lounge.
English recently told The Daily News he wants to make The Second Line in Midtown everything its next door neighbor Restaurant Iris is not.
“We won’t take reservations,” he said. “We took out all the walls, so that it’s one big room. We’re focusing a lot on reusing materials as much as we can. In fact, one table in the back is made out of part of an old bowling alley floor – we may use it as community seating. And we’re going to have a great cocktail program.”
The name harkens back to English’s childhood in the Big Easy.
“I grew up in New Orleans, and the Second Line is a celebration that traditionally was a parade that followed a parade,” English explained. “It was a less organized parade that followed a more organized parade.”
The new restaurant – which will seat 60 inside and another 40 or so outside – will focus on the foods English said he grew up with. That means items like Po Boys on the menu – “lots of stuff that I think is really typical of what people actually eat in New Orleans.”
Other menu items will include seafood plates and roasted meats. The Second Line also will continue English’s commitment to using fresh and local ingredients whenever possible.