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Behold an Apothecary-Inspired Starbucks in New Orleans

Hillary Dixler Canavan is Eater's restaurant editor and the author of the publication's debut book, Eater: 100 Essential Restaurant Recipes From the Authority on Where to Eat and Why It Matters (Abrams, September 2023). Her work focuses on dining trends and the people changing the industry — and scouting the next hot restaurant you need to try on Eater's annual Best New Restaurant list.

[Photos: Matthew Glac/Starbucks]

Is this America's fanciest Starbucks? According to a press release, Starbucks' recently opened French Quarter location has been styled to evoke "what the space might look like if it had belonged to a Louisianan merchant in the early 1900s." That's a lofty goal: To harken back to the city's history as a major coffee port, Starbucks designed the front cafe to look like an apothecary, with a large wooden bar, wrought iron chandeliers, and paintings of (surprise) coffee beans. The back room is supposed to "look like the merchant's living space" with a massive wood table and vintage school chairs. And because this is New Orleans, there's a lighting fixture made out of vintage trombones and other horns. Check out photos of the space below:

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