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Unlike most of Historic Alexandrias 18th century architecture, the building that houses the Two Nineteen Restaurant is over one hundred years old. Built in 1890 by the prosperous merchant Lewis Mac Kenzie, this elegant home reflects the Victorian style of the 19th century: an austere and sober red-brick exterior with an ornate but comfortable interior, so comfortable that its rumored that the ghost of the last private tenant. Mrs. Edna M. Royster refuses to move out and haunts the building to this day.
By 1979 the renovations were complete and the doors of Two-Nineteen were opened once more, now as a fine New Orleans style Creole restaurant. Our eminently qualified chef. Pete Fishen; who is a native of the Gulf Coast. matches the elegance of the surroundings with his Cajun and Creole delicacies. We hope that you will visit our ban in the Bayou Room. Listen to jazz in the Basin Street lounge. And enjoy service and cuisine worthy of our Southern heritage in the three formal dining rooms. We are proud of what we have brought together at Two-Nineteen and hope you will enjoy the experience.
Clifford T. Cline bought the house in 1972. Like much of Old Tour in the seventies, the house had fallen into a state of disrepair, but the left that is was the perfect place to recreate Victorian elegance in a fine restaurant. The interior décor features period millwork which is evidence by the chair rails, cornices, and solid mahogany bars. The antique furnishings, purchased amidst the excitement of London auction houses, include matching marble fireplace mantles. Hungarian crystal chandeliers, solid brass wall sconces, and original Victorian oil paintings. Of special interest one the brilliant-cut mirrors fashioned by on of the few remaining artisans who use the technique creates at the turn of the century. Special care was taken to assure authenticity in every detail.