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Tricou House

The Tricou House was a popular (and reputedly haunted) restaurant and bar at 711 Bourbon Street.
The many stories and the long history of the Tricou House made it a legend among visitors and dwellers
in the French Quarter.  Sadly, the Tricou house is gone, closing its doors in 2005, replaced by Madrigal’s,
a gay night club, in 2006, which in turn, is no longer there.
 
In its place now is 711 Bourbon Heat...a rather modern looking nightclub.  You can find their website here.
In 2010, we heard some rumors that Tricou House was going to open in another part of New Orleans.
As it seems now, the Tricou House may be permanently relegated to Defunct NOLA.

This was the upstairs bar at the Tricou House.  An infamous set of stairs are to the left—and an equally notable balcony is to the right.
The bartender served up a delicious and potent Hurricane--or their once-flagship drink, The Crusher (there was a reason it was called that!).


 
This was the front of the Tricou House, which housed a very fine restaurant and two bars.
The one upstairs was notorious (or famous) for its balcony position for Mardi Gras and
nighttime displays of women flashing their breasts.  Then there was the more tame one downstairs.
Here, hostess Shirley (dressed in period costuming) greeted and attempted to usher in guests,
or just occasionally exchanged pleasantries as they passed by on Bourbon Street.

 
The treacherous stairway at the Tricou House.  One gained access to the upstairs bar by these stairs.  Penelope, the grand niece of
Dr. Joseph A. Tricou, lost her footing on the third floor and tumbled to her death down these same stairs.  

 
Penelope’s death so affected the doctor that he soon sold the house after her demise.  However, it is said that 
Penelope is still on the premises, and makes her presence known in various ways.


 
This was the famous ghost statue of the Tricou House (located in the dining courtyard).  People claimed to have seen the statue move.
Close scrutiny will show a set of red lip prints on the buttocks of the cherub.


 
Errol was a part-time porter at the Tricou House when this photo was taken,and according to some people that we'd spoken to,an expert
on the haunting of Penelope.  Errol told us that he is also a professor at Tulane University,
holds 2 Phd’s, and teaches Anthropology, Egyptology, and Languages.
He also related to us that he worked at the Tricou House as a hobby and donated his earnings to charity.


Lisa was one of the friendly bartenders at the Tricou House at the time of our visit.  
Beside being a talented artist and a very nice person, she also served up an excellent Hurricane.


 
One of Lisa’s drawings we found interesting was that of a ghostly apparition 
of a man she saw near the balcony in the bar on the second floor.

 
On May 30, 2010, we found The Tricou House with no signage or indication of business
activity.  On about New Year's Day 2011 (or Eve 2010), 711 Bourbon Heat celebrated
its grand opening at this location.
We will have photos of this in the near future, but if you have a photo that you've taken,
we'll put it on a special visitor submissions page.