Mother's Restaurant located at 401 Poydras St was one of the first restaurants to come back. They have their Katrina story written on the back of their menus:. When they returned after the storm and flood, the owners tried to locate their employees, bringing back longtime staff, considered part of the Mother's FAMILY. Many of them had lost their homes, so nine FEMA trailers were brought in to the parking lot next door where they stayed. On Oct 15th Mother's reopened. Vice Admiral Thad Allen , the head of the disaster relief effort, was their first customer. Although their menu was limited and hours shorter, as locals returned city, they came back to Mother's. Today it still is a favorite with locals, especially going to the Saints games down the street at the Superdome, but it also a big tourist draw.