There was a time when Eugene Anderson worked at a title insurance company—compiling databases—all day.
At home, however, he devoted his time to his true passion—making “wonderful meals and gourmet drinks for my wife (Adrian Anderson),” he says.
When he and his wife opened Krewe Du Brew in 2012 during Mardi Gras weekend, they turned his passion into a business.
“It was a dream of his,” says Adrian Anderson. “It came out of his desire to be an entrepreneur and reach out to the community in a way that is personal to him.”
Eugene manages the day-to-day operation of the shop; and Adrian continues her work as alumni director at Dillard University while also supporting the shop with logistics.
While the couple volunteers at their local church, Blessings Beyond International Church, they also utilize Krewe du Brew as an opportunity to give back to the community. For instance, they offer “Tea for Teachers” every Sunday—a time for teachers to prepare for upcoming school week ahead. And the shop opens up its space to local artists by featuring a rotating display of their work.
The Andersons say it all helps to create Krewe Du Brew’s warm, friendly atmosphere.
“We love people” says Eugene Anderson. “I think our shop is pretty popular because we make everyone feel like they’re at home.”
The menu consists of a vast variety of coffee drinks, from a bold Ethiopian drip to a more complex drink like a Cuban espresso. Still, Krewe Du Brew offers more than coffee products. The shop has an assortment of soft drinks, including frozen fruit lemonades and Italian sodas, and appetizing foods.
“Gene is really the creative vision for our place,” says Adrian Anderson. “He is great at preparing food and drinks. We also serve a variety of teas, from your strict herbal blends to our Pawberry tea. It was coined by Eugene for his peach and strawberry tea-fusion.”
The “Krewe de gras” are the $5 specialty breakfast sandwiches served on croissant. Panini sandwiches, named for local neighboroohoods, are served up for lunch–the Tremé Chicken” , “The 3rd Ward Spy-boy” and the “Marigny Triangle”—just to name a few.
Krewe Du Brew, located at 1610 St Charles Ave., is open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Sunday. For information, visit krewedubrewnola.com or call 522-1530.