New Orleans Chef Micah Martello is coming home to Baton Rouge to serve up his award-winning creole dishes in the White Star Market that’s planned on Government Street.
Martello, who operates King Creole in New Orleans at the city’s St. Roch Market, is calling his new venture Fete au Fete. He is also rebranding his New Orleans operations as Fete au Fete.
“I feel like the Baton Rouge market is going to be tremendous,” says Martello, who adds he is considering bringing his New Orleans food truck to Baton Rouge.
The Fete au Fete menu for White Star Market will be similar to the one offered at the St. Roch Market, with crawfish poutine, shrimp and grits, and the muffaletta.
“Having White Star Market without a strong Creole concept seemed almost blasphemous,” White Star Market owner Clark Gaines says in a statement. “Micah is a highly skilled operator as well as a chef, and his wide range of experience I feel will translate into a lot of success here. Micah also has strong ties to the area and is excited about the future growth of Government Street.”
White Star Market is a gourmet food hall that will sit in the mixed-use Square 46 on Government Street. Construction is expected to begin in the next few months and last for about nine to 10 months.
Martello says he loves the market concept because it all boils down to the food, and it comes without the stress of running a traditional brick-and-mortar restaurant.
“The market concept for me, is really fun, because I can get back down to the roots of what brought me to the business in the first place,” he says.