From a childhood spent at family-owned Commander’s Palace, to a formal education at Louisiana State University, Ville de Francais and Le Varenne Cooking School, carving out her place in the restaurant business was a natural next step for Lauren. After returning to New Orleans from her studies in France, Lauren held positions in operations at Mr. B’s Bistro and Commander’s Palace.
In 1991, Lauren moved to Palace Café as a Managing Partner. She shares ownership of Palace Café, Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse, Bourbon House andTableau with her brother Dickie and business partner Steve Pettus.
Lauren focuses on shaping the overall décor and ambiance and is a familiar presence in the dining rooms of all four restaurants.