NEW ORLEANS (May 4, 2010) – Chef/Restaurateur Emeril Lagasse’s three restaurants in New Orleans – Emeril’s, NOLA and Emeril’s Delmonico – remain open and unaffected by a recent oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico and continue to serve safe seafood from unaffected areas of Louisiana and the Gulf Coast.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Louisiana Departments of Health and Hospitals, and Wildlife and Fisheries have issued a precautionary restriction on select state offshore fishing areas and federal waters for the portion of the Gulf of Mexico impacted by the spill. Seafood will not be harvested from those areas.
“We are closely monitoring the situation in the Gulf and are in constant contact with our local seafood purveyors along with state and federal authorities. They assure us that they will not be harvesting from any of the fishing regions affected by the spill,” said David McCelvey, Vice President of Culinary & Operations for Emeril’s Homebase. “The quality of our food and safety of our guests are our top priorities. Any seafood served in our restaurants is safe and will only come from clean waters.”
“Our thoughts are particularly with Louisiana’s hard-working fishermen, shrimpers and seafood purveyors, who are the heart and soul of our community. We hope the situation is resolved soon and that the impact can be minimized as much as possible,” said Emeril Lagasse. “While there are still many unknowns about the outcome of this spill, we are confident in the extensive safety precautions taking place and the high quality of the seafood products we are still able to get from our local fisheries.”
Emeril’s is in constant contact with local, state and federal authorities and will continue to closely monitor the condition of the state’s fisheries and seafood supply.