Chef Adolfo Garcia’s New Orleans restaurant empire continues to grow

Adolfo Garcia’s evolution from single restaurant owner to empire builder has, by modern culinary world standards, been a quiet one.

Five years ago, the chef’s life revolved around RioMar, the Latin-Spanish seafood restaurant in the Warehouse District. Today, Garcia is also partner in a Mano, a regional Italian restaurant, and La Boca, an Argentine steakhouse, both of which live up to RioMar’s standards, in addition to Gusto, the café inside the Theatres at Canal Place.

The exponential expansion transpired without the media saturation – cookbooks, television series, endless glossy magazine photo shoots — that often accompanies the growth of regional chefs with comparable talents.

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