Since we announced the opening of Acorn a Dickie Brennan & Co. Cafe at the new Louisiana Children’s Museum in City Park, we’ve been fielding a lot of questions. Here’s a rundown of the most common questions we’ve received. Hopefully, these answers give you a better idea of the exciting plans we have in store for Acorn. And, if you have a question that is not answered below, leave a comment for us and we’ll do our best to get back to you quickly.
What is the price range for the menu at Acorn?
Acorn will be a family friendly café with the standards of a Dickie Brennan restaurant. Guests should expect high quality, local food at an affordable price. We’re sensitive to the fact that many families and especially those with young children are on budgets. When developing the concept, much energy was focused on ensuring that Acorn will be accessible to all. The majority of children menu items are $6, and adult entrees range from $6 to $11.
What type of food will be served?
The initial/opening menu includes soups, salads, sandwiches & pizzas and will change seasonally.
The food will be available quickly, be flavorful and approachable utilizing healthy, clean, local ingredients. The menu will include a selection of items from soups, salads, sandwiches, and pizzas to appeal to the young, young at heart and even the picky eaters.
Those wanting an even quicker option can select from a selection of grab and go items.
Coffee and pastries will be served for a morning starter or an afternoon pick me up.
A selection of non-caffeinated beverages will be available, as well as a curated selection of beer and wine.
Will the restaurant serve alcohol?
Yes, beer and wine will be served. The beer list will include many local options.
What type of service will be offered?
Acorn Café will feature fast casual service. Guests order at the counter and receive a number for their order. Guests will self-choose their table and their order will be delivered to them. A central bussing station with three receptacles – composting, landfill and recycling (clearly labeled with example pictures for children) will exist for self-bussing. Staff will be on hand to help with bussing.
We’re aware that food allergies are prevalent today and have been mindful of allergies in the creation of our menu. Acorn will be peanut free and will offer many gluten-free options, including a gluten-free dough for pizzas. Also, the staff will be food safety trained with an emphasis on food allergies.
Is the cafe only for guests at the Children’s Museum?
No, Acorn will have its own dedicated entrance making it accessible to all City Park visitors and museum guests. Acorn is looking forward to serving the neighborhood/community as well as LCM guests.
What are Acorn’s hours?
Opening hours are expected to be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the intention of expanding operating hours based on interest and demand. These hours are beyond the museum hours of 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., in hopes of being a resource to park-goers as well as neighborhood residents.
How was the Louisiana Children’s Museum’s cafe contract awarded to Dickie Brennan & Co.?
With the help of a consultant who specializes in food service at museums, the Louisiana Children’s Museum launched a comprehensive, national RFP (request for proposals) process to identify an operator for the on-site café at the museum’s future home in City Park. More than a dozen proposals were received from a variety of prospective operators — from national franchises to local restaurant groups. After an extensive review process conducted by a team of LCM board and staff members, Dickie Brenan & Co. was the operator who best fit the museum’s criteria for the café partnership.
Dickie Brennan & Co. shares the museum’s commitment to a family-friendly dining experience with a healthy and affordable menu that sources quality local and regional ingredients.
Were members of the City Park Improvement Association (Board of Directors) or staff involved in the café selection process?
No. Louisiana Children’s Museum is an independent 501c3 nonprofit organization. While the Museum works collaboratively with City Park, they are not involved in decision-making for the project.