The restaurant spells the next chapter in the history of 1532 Ursulines Ave. Prior to Joe’s the spot was known as Ruth’s Cozy Corner. Aydin has worked on numerous restaurant projects over the years including Mona Liza Restaurant, Café Istanbul, and Fellini’s among others. She recently sold off Fatoush in Marigny, which is now slated to become The Spotted Cat Food & Spirits.
A new cafe has brought a bit of Turkish flavor to the Treme, and it marks a big change for an address that once filled a much different role in this neighborhood during the pre-Katrina era.
A short menu of pastries, cakes and pans of baklava. There are savory baked goods, like feta cheese pies and quiches, breakfast sandwiches and panini made on crusty, ciabatta-like rolls, stuffed grape leaves, hummus and fatoush salad (with feta and red onion, parsley and cucumbers). More Turkish specialties are to come, like boreks (or flaky, puff pastry turnovers) and pide, a type of flatbread similar to pita.