Robért LeBlanc

Trustee Member

Robert Leblanc

Robert LeBlanc’s passion for hospitality shines through in his New Orleans restaurants. Through his company LeBlanc+Smith, LeBlanc brings an energetic yet hospitable “joie de vivre” to each of his places. Each space is driven by the assembly of a passionate and talented team that is committed to creating memorable experiences for each and every guest.

LeBlanc, whose family roots date back to the mid-18th century New Orleans, became enamored with the city of New Orleans at a very young age. Born and raised in Houma, LA, his family would often travel to New Orleans to visit his grandparents and many aunts and uncle and cousins there. Upon graduating from Vanderbilt Catholic High, he attended Loyola University New Orleans to play basketball there, where he studied economics and finance. Having always been passionate about a career in music, LeBlanc remained in New Orleans upon graduation to start a record label. That label slowly evolved into a successful concert and event production business. The close ties between the music and hospitality industries eventually led LeBlanc into the restaurant and bar business exclusively, and to this day the design of each of his spaces begins by answering the question “what type of music should be playing in this room?”

In fall 2010, Sylvain opened on Chartres Street in the French Quarter. The rock ‘n roll atmosphere, which reflects LeBlanc’s experiences in the music industry, paired with the modern gastropub fare and spot-on cocktail and wine programs, instantly made, and continues to make, Sylvain a destination for New Orleans residents and visitors alike. Following the success of Sylvain, LeBlanc opened Sainte Marie Brasserie in April 2011. In May 2014 upon his purchasing the iconic French Quarter neighborhood restaurant Meauxbar, LeBlanc decided to close Sainte Marie and to move that entire team to Meauxbar., which has become one of the most popular neighborhood bistros in the city and serves locally inspired French fare. That same month, he opened Barrel Proof, an authentic whiskey bar in the Lower Garden District. In early 2016, LeBlanc expanded his reach to Uptown New Orleans, with a third restaurant, Cavan, where Zagat proclaims ““American coastal cuisine gets a serious upgrade.” Up next on the slate of projects is Longway Tavern, a classic neighborhood tavern catering to those who live and work in the French Quarter. Collectively, LeBlanc’s portfolio is considered the most stylish and regularly frequented bars and restaurants in New Orleans and is approaching $10M per year in gross revenues.

In his personal life, LeBlanc devotes his time to his wife Danielle, a kindergarten teacher, and their two sons, Bear (7) and William (4). He continues to foster his love for music when time allows and continues to pursue his passion for design through a multitude of different platforms.   Other hobbies include reading history, playing tennis and boxing.