Royal N'Orleans reopens after weekend closure

Monday, March 30, 2009
The historic Royal N'Orleans building is for sale along Broadway in downtown Cape Girardeau.

After a three-day closure, the Royal N'Orleans restaurant will reopen for business on Tuesday, owner Derek Miller said.

The restaurant had been closed since Thursday, when Miller said he learned the building that houses the restaurant at 300 Broadway had a sign advertising it is for sale.

Miller said the for sale sign that was placed outside the building gave the impression that the restaurant was permanently closed. Even if he had opened, Miller said the sign would have deterred patrons from visiting the eatery to the point that it wouldn't have been profitable.

"I realize it may have not been the smartest thing to close the restaurant," Miller said. "I want to apologize to anyone who wanted to dine with us and we look forward to seeing everybody again."

Miller said when the restaurant reopens it will resume normal hours and days of operation, beginning at 5 p.m. from Tuesday through Saturday.

Look for more on this story later in the day at and in Tuesday's edition of the Southeast Missourian.

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