After almost 80 years in the French Quarter, the Brocato’s decided to move the store to its current location in Mid-City. The new buildings allowed us to expand the business while modernizing and streamlining its production facility. The North Carrollton Avenue store still retains the Old World atmosphere that had been carefully created on Ursulines Street: slowly turning ceiling fans, rows of apothecary jars containing colorful candies and white, glass-topped tables transported customers back to the era of Angelo, Sr., an era when the fashionable Sicilian parlor flourished.
At the turn of the second century of the shop’s operation, Brocato’s was still thriving. Customers relished the friendly service and delicious products, while everyone respected our reliance on high-quality, local ingredients and small batch production of traditional favorites. In addition to generation after generation of New Orleans families coming to Brocato’s, large numbers of visitors began to enjoy coming to the shop as they sought authentic local experiences outside of the French Quarter. Brocato’s began shipping products out of town as people began to learn about the traditional techniques still being used to produce such endangered or otherwise mass-produced items, like the true Sicilian cannoli. We planned for and executed a renovation to increase the seating space available in the retail shop in time to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Angelo, Sr.’s landmark opening of his first shop back in 1905. The renovation was completed in time for the celebration, in July of 2005. Only two months later, Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and inundated the entire Mid-City neighborhood with water. Angelo Brocato’s was filled with over five feet of water, and was shuttered for thirteen months.
Hurricane Katrina displaced almost all of the Brocato family, as our homes flooded along with the retail store. Despite the huge hurdles that loomed ahead, both for the business and the city, we channeled the tireless spirit of our grandfather, Angelo Brocato, Sr., along with his ambition and optimism, in order to gather the strength to reopen. Buoyed by the support of local community members, customers and various organizations, we reopened Angelo Brocato’s on September 23, 2006. People waited patiently in a line that reached down the block, entertained by Bobby Lonero and Benny Grunch and the Bunch, surrounded by the still-devastated neighborhood. The reopening was a tremendous source of inspiration and pride. We are still in awe of the love and support that we receive from our neighbors and friends in the community. We strongly believe that the techniques and principles held dear by our grandfather, Angelo, Sr., have guided us to the highest levels of quality assurance and customer service, and that these pillars of our business will carry us into this century and beyond.
North Carrollton Location