Larue Elm: Bringing the Sexy Supper Club Back to Greensboro
By Kristen Daukas
Close your eyes for a moment and envision a time when going out to dinner was an event that lasted the whole evening. A night full of beautiful settings, laughter throughout, friends visiting other friend’s tables. Foods that made your taste buds sing and were a feast for the eyes. The cocktails were classic and created with flair. An experience that electrified every cell in your body. These places were commonly considered Supper Clubs. Part dinner, part socializing – Supper Clubs were wildly popular in the 1930’s and 1940’s and were more of a destination where you spent your entire evening from cocktail hour to nightclub-style entertainment after dinner.
This is the vision the team at LaRue Elm has as they launch an entirely new menu both in the dining room and the bar. I had the opportunity to sit with bar manager, Darrick Rodgers, Summer MacLeod, events manager, GM Brad Byers, and Executive Chef, William Parham. If these names sound familiar, there’s a good reason: they’ve all been here before in the 5 years LaRue has been around and have returned to be an integral part of what is sure to be the hottest place to eat and be seen in Greensboro.
What can you expect as LaRue reinvents itself into a supper club? Chef Doc and Chef Envy are creating a new menu that will focus on French cuisine with Caribbean and Brazilian fusion. With Envy coming from the 5th Ward in Louisiana, diners can expect LaRue’s French Creole cuisine to be unmatched by anyone in the city. There will be a big focus on sauces, microgreens, seafood, and a noticeable shift in their wine list to include more regions than ever before. Add in extravagant plating (including edible flowers!) and one can see how all the senses will be catered to.
A general consensus the team recognized was that one of the challenges LaRue has had in the past was what Darrick called “an identity crisis.” Is it an event space? Is it a restaurant? They decided to embrace it and let that identity crisis BE their identity and thus, the idea of the supper club was born. Guests can come for cocktails, have dinner, and then cap off the night with live entertainment. The restaurant is also a prime location to host events such as graduation parties, wedding receptions, anniversaries, and any other special occasion.
The new menu will debut around April 1st but diners can still expect to see the most popular items such as Deuces Wild (an homage to LaRue owner Sam Kural), Mussels Frites, and the White Wine and Wild Mushroom Pasta. But the changes aren’t limited to just the food menu! The bar menu is getting a complete overhaul and will focus on classic cocktails that are a nod of respect to the original era of supper clubs. A few of the cocktails you will see on the menu are the Vieux Carre (which is akin to the Sazerac – their most popular cocktail), Boulevardier, Dame Rougissant, and the beautiful and tropical Jungle Bird.
The atmosphere at LaRue is nothing short of electric and sensual and has all the elements to give Greensboro the classy after-hours spot it deserves. Whether you’re looking for a place to spend your evening, a place to enjoy a cocktail after a show at the Tanger Center, or a place to unwind with a bite to eat and a drink after a long day at work, LaRue will embrace everyone and whisk you back to a time where the only thing that flowed more than the cocktails were the succulent dishes, and the laughs and good times with friends old and new.
Tue – Thurs: 11AM–9:30PM
403 N Elm St, Greensboro, NC