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HISTORIC hot spots A toast to past & future New gastropub opens in historic restaurant location BY 26 PRESERVATION IN PRINT • www.prcno.org Davis Allen THIS FALL, Copper Vine, a new wine pub, opened its doors inside the historic building that once housed May- lie’s, one of New Orleans' longest-running restaurants. With a courtyard shaded by a canopy of tropical plants and an impressive selection of wines on tap, the gastropub offers a moment of respite from the hustle and bustle of the Central Business District. Located at the corner of Poydras and O’Keefe streets, Copper Vine is the newest endeavor of Brechtel Hospi- tality, which also owns the Walk-On’s sports bar next door. Kyle Brechtel, owner and president, lived in the neighborhood and dreamed about transforming the space long before it became a reality. “My apartment looked at this building,” he said. “I just fell in love with the old building.” At the time, it housed an Irish pub, but the building had a storied history, which landed it an individual listing on the National Register of Historic Places and landmark status from the Historic District Landmarks Commission. Maylie’s restaurant opened at the corner of Poydras and Dryades (now O’Keefe) in 1876 to serve customers from Poydras Market, which was once located in the Poydras Street neutral ground. The current building was built in 1894 as an expansion to the original space, with a bar located on the first floor and the Maylie family’s residence on the upper floors. The original Maylie’s building fell victim to the city’s widening of O’Keefe Street in 1959, but the restaurant continued to operate out of the 1894 building until closing its doors in 1986, after 110 years of service. The building sat vacant for nearly a decade until being rehabilitated in the late 1990s for a Smith & Wollensky’s steakhouse, only to be shuttered once again in 2005 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Brechtel’s business partner Rick Farrell bought the building and the one next door in 2010, opening the Irish pub and Walk-Ons. When Brechtel took over operations two and a half years ago, he wanted to convert the space into something that would be more suitable as a neighborhood gathering spot and honor the history of the building. Copper Vine differentiates itself from the adjacent sports bar with a selection of wines on tap and a gastro- pub menu that Brechtel describes as elevated comfort food. “It lends itself to certainly a night out, but is also a convenient place to come and grab something to eat if you live right around here,” he said. Copper Vine patrons can dine in the lush — and very Instagrammable — patio with seating beneath the shade of well-manicured tropical plants. Wisteria vines have been replanted to pay homage to the massive wisteria plant NOVEMBER 2018