Article by Marta Jewson for UptownMessenger.comGreg Sonnier, owner of the Uptowner, has suspended the Gabrielle small banquet dinners at his restaurant pending the resolution of a lawsuit.
This spring, Sonnier resumed offering the dishes from his popular Mid-City restaurant at the Uptowner on Henry Clay Avenue through contracts for dinner service with individual patrons.
The Uptowner released a statement last month, however, saying a petition filed in Civil District Court could take away the restaurant’s licenses and permits, and that the lawsuit seeks to change 438 Henry Clay Avenue from a commercial building to residential. Sonnier maintains the lot has always been zoned for commercial use.
Sonnier said via email that he was instructed by his attorney not to comment on the case, but that it has been a very stressful and difficult period for his family since Huricane Katrina struck. For now, the Uptowner will solely be used as a reception and banquet hall, the business’s emails state.
Sonnier’s attorney, Robert Stern, said the case remains in litigation and the trial will be held in December.
Marta Jewson is a freelance reporter and photographer based in New Orleans.