The Glass Hat Cafe at 423 Crockett is listening to folks who would like to be customers but cannot make it downtown for lunch during the work week. Starting this Saturday, Oct. 24, the cafe will be open Tuesday-Saturday, offering up their daily plate lunches, sandwiches and desserts from 7 am- 2 pm.

The Glass Hat, 423 Crockett St.

Daily specials feature meatloaf, fried catfish and chicken and dumplings, and you can also opt for a veggie plate. Beef tips and rice, chicken fried steak, hamburgers, onion rings and fresh cut steak fries are available every day!



Street parking on Saturday is free. Monday-Friday, parking is available with quarters or the Parkmobile app at meter spaces on Crockett and Marshall Streets, or there is pay parking in the surface lot just adjacent to the building. There is also free parking lot access to restaurant patrons at lots just across Marshall Street.

Diners inside the newly-opened The Glass Hat.

The history of The Glass Hat is interesting, one of the many stories of downtown. For more on that, read on…

Article written May 23, 2023

The Glass Hat Cafe, 423 Crockett St.

It’s said that good things come to those who wait, and we know The Glass Hat Cafe is going to be a good thing!

The restaurant is new, but old, in a building that is old, but new. How is this possible?? Read on for the story—

Some local are familiar with the stories of The Glass Hat Cocktail Lounge and Grill that opened in 1937 at the corner of Marshall and Crockett Streets.

The restaurant sported a ‘smart, new’ interior, live cocktail music, a singing Master of Ceremonies, free cocktails each day at 5:15 pm and a free cocktail party each week at which guests were always encouraged to ‘drink another.’  One ad touted ‘Glass Hat bartenders served hundreds of free Scotch and Sodas at last week’s party…they are ready to serve even more Old Fashions and Bourbon and Sodas Thursday from 5:15 until 5:45 o’clock…’ No wonder it was a popular spot!

This might be our favorite ad of all time.

In January 1938, the Glass Hat’s ‘Extraordinary Announcement Concerning Fried Chicken’ ad reminds customers that a famous chef imported from Dallas to Shreveport was cooking up the ‘finest and best chicken dinners possible.’ It wasn’t always about free liquor and fried chicken, though. A dice operator at the Glass Hat was arrested in a raid and charged with operating an illegal gambling game and the lounge was sued after using popular songs without copyright permission. By 1939, The Glass Hat was gone, taking their chicken and cocktails with them as they moved to 323 Texas Street.

The Glass Hat Cafe, 423 Crockett St. Opening soon.

While the current Glass Hat Café at 423 Crockett Street will not (at least for now) feature a singing master of ceremonies, it does feature a manager with a beautifully Scottish brogue with the not-so-Scottish name of Ann Lombardino.

Ann Lombardino with excited patrons.

Though Ann does not plan to serve up free cocktails during happy hour, she will serve up some remarkably good breakfast and lunch dishes once open. She is also excited about a baker on staff and after the soft opening during Artwalk, so are we.

Trust us when we tell you that these cookies will make your life a happier place.

Plans now are for the restaurant to be open Monday-Friday, 7 am- 2 pm; the menu, that she says will be filled with Southern favorites, is being tweaked and will be dropping soon.

Visitors enjoying the new Glass Hat Cafe.

It was not always a given that the space would be an homage to the original Glass Hat Café. Early in the renovations, the investors were leaning toward naming the space the Crockett Street Café as a way to both pinpoint its location and to recall Shreveport’s Texas roots. Once it was discovered that the Glass Hat had occupied the building next door, all that changed.

The look of the new Glass Hat Cafe is a nod to the past and present.

While The Glass Hat Cafe restaurant furniture and kitchen components are new, there are parts of the old that remain. There is a single, small window on the east wall of the building that you can see from the parking lot.

The hole that became the window.

The window, which is odd in its placement in that it is the ONLY one on the entire wall, is there so the early owners did not have to fill in a large hole made by bandits attempting to steal tobacco when the building was the U. Koen & Co. Wholesale Cigars. In 1944 Koen moved out, and later came Riley’s Engineering Supplies, Ridgway’s Blueprints, Interstate Blood, and the final business before rehab, The Bus Depot snack shop, which closed in 2019.

So different from just two years ago.

We invite you to relive a bit of history and visit The Glass Hat, On Set Photography and the other businesses of 425, 429 and 431 Crockett Street. As soon as an opening date for the restaurant is set, we will let you know!