Discussion of issues surrounding the alcohol licenses at three Uptown New Orleans establishments — Jimmy’s Music Club on Willow, The Uptowner reception hall on Henry Clay Avenue and Grits Bar on Annunciation — were all postponed by city officials Tuesday to make way for another hearing instead.
The city is alleging tax and permitting issues at The Uptowner, “illegal conduct” at Grits and that both are public nuisances, though owners of both establishments said last month they had yet to be informed what specific complaints form the basis of those charges. Jimmy’s Music Club, meanwhile, is appealing the denial of its application for a liquor license, arguing that the moratorium that requires it to seek City Council approval for its license is illegal.
On Tuesday afternoon, the Alcohol Beverage Control board swiftly postponed all three hearings until its April 16 meeting without explanation, though the room was packed for a different hearing of nuisance charges against St. Roch Tavern.
Anselmo, who attended the hearing, said he didn’t know if the delay was a good thing or a bad thing — it may mean that the commissioners are considering his request, he said. The proposed new operators of his club have also been in discussions with neighbors lately about the framework for a good-neighbor agreement to assure them his reopening would not lead to a return to conditions at the Frat House bar that operated in the Jimmy’s building until last year.
For our live coverage from the beginning of Tuesday’s meeting, see below.