Our Story

In the late 1800’s, Royal Street was home to a famous “curio” shop, a place where curiosities from all over the world could be had for a dollar or two. Today, the shop is no more, but the feeling of excitement and wonder still exists on Royal Street today. And so in the heart of the most premier art district in New Orleans, we’re bringing back the curiosity –reintroducing New Orleans to a circus of flavor so vibrant it makes other restaurants nearby pale in comparison.

Curio is more than a bistro and bar. It’s a place where you can experience American cuisine with a Creole soul.

In the late 1800's, Royal Street was home to a famous “curio” shop, a place where curiosities from all over the world could be had for a dollar or two. Today, the shop is no more, but the feeling of excitement and wonder still exists on Royal Street today. And so in the heart of the most premier art district in New Orleans, we’re bringing back the curiosity – reintroducing New Orleans to a circus of flavor so vibrant it makes other restaurants nearby pale in comparison. Curio is more than a bistro and bar. It’s a place where you can experience American cuisine with a Creole soul, a place where flavor is the main attraction.

A place where flavor is the main attraction

Hayley Vanvleet · Executive Chef

Hayley Vanvleet · Executive Chef - Our Story

Hayley Vanvleet grew up in Illinois and attended Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts Program at Brown College in Minnesota. Following graduation, she worked in several restaurants in Minnesota and Seattle, Washington garnering experience in every station in the kitchen before moving to New Orleans.

Hayley’s first job in the Crescent City was at Meauxbar Bistro, where she was quickly promoted to kitchen lead within four months. She then took a position as Oyster Bar Chef at Peche Seafood Grill. Hayley’s exceptional work ethic and dedication to success lead to greater responsibilities as daytime sauté cook. Hayley was a member of the team when Peche won the James Beard Award for Best New Restaurant in 2014. Chefs Donald Link and Stephen Stryjewski saw abundant talent in Hayley while she was at Peche and offered her a position at Butcher in January 2015. There, Hayley learned a great deal about meat production, sausages, and charcuterie, as well management and operations.

In the fall of 2016, the owners of Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts brought Hayley in as a Sous Chef at Kingfish Kitchen and Cocktails. Her enthusiasm, leadership and creativity quickly provided opportunity to be offered the position as Executive Chef at the newest French Quarter establishment, Curio.

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301 Royal Street New Orleans, LA 70130 504-717-4198