The 2016 Restaurateurs of the Year are Ti Martin and Lally Brennan, co-proprietors of Commander’s Palace, SoBou, Café Adelaide and the Swizzle Stick Bar in New Orleans and Brennan’s of Houston. Cousins Lally Brennan and Ti Martin are co-proprietors of the famed Commander’s Palace, Café Adelaide and the Swizzle Stick Bar, SoBou and Brennan’s of Houston. Since the late 1990s, these cousins have shared the duties of evolving the Commander’s Palace establishment into a highly-regarded destination for locals and visitors alike. The heiresses to New Orleans’ most legendary restaurant dynasty have appeared on national television and radio programs, and have been the subject of countless articles on the finer points of hospitality and entertaining. Their philanthropic, industry and civic activities have earned them numerous accolades throughout their careers.
“It means so much to us to be recognized by our friends at the LRA,” said Lally Brennan. “We truly respect all of the work they do for us and our peers every day. It’s an honor to be in such in good company as Restaurateurs of the Year in our state. We know this category is full of the best of the very best in restaurants and hospitality.”
“Lally and I are thrilled to accept this together. We are really just one person,” quips Ti. “Seriously though, receiving this from our peers and friends in the industry is the greatest honor to us. One of the great joys of our lives is the camaraderie of our industry.”
Martin and Brennan join many of their family members in being honored with the LRA’s most prestigious awards: their uncles, Past LRA Chairs Richard Brennan, Sr. and Owen Brennan, Jr. were inducted into the LRA Hall of Fame in 1978; Martin’s mother and Brennan’s aunt, Ella Brennan Martin, was inducted into the LRA Hall of Fame in 1987; their cousin, Past LRA Chair Ralph Brennan was named Restaurateur of the Year in 1999 and was inducted into the LRA Hall of Fame in 2005; and another cousin, Past LRA Chair Dickie Brennan, was inducted into the LRA Hall of Fame in 2011.