Robert Morris

Nov 192017
 

Areas in dark green or dark blue are those where Jay Banks and Seth Bloom won by a margin of more than 15 points, respectively. The lighter green and blue represent precincts where their win was closer, within 15 points of each other. (UptownMessenger.com graphic)

Jay Banks addresses supporters after his narrow win in the City Council runoff election Saturday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

In his apparent victory Saturday night in the runoff for the District B seat on the New Orleans City Council, Jay H. Banks picked up a few voting precincts that Seth Bloom had won in the primary, in addition to holding on to his base and winning all the areas that had supported third-place finisher Timothy David Ray, an analysis of voting patterns shows. Continue reading »

Nov 172017
 

The Smashburger restaurant is being planned for conversion into a new restaurant called Superica next year, developers say. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The planned Superica restaurant on Magazine Street will be more than twice as large as the current Smashburger space currently in the location, a revelation is drawing frustration and opposition from more than a dozen Garden District and Irish Channel neighbors. Continue reading »

Nov 162017
 

The building at 940 Louisiana Avenue. (via Google Maps)

A rezoning to create an ice-cream shop on Louisiana Avenue in the Irish Channel was rejected by the City Planning Commission this week amid neighbors’s allegations that it is merely intended as a “front” for a commercial AirBnB operation.

The owner, however, says he is just using short-term rentals as a way of supporting his small business in its early stages, providing a test case in New Orleans’ growing conflict over the operation of AirBnB in residential neighborhoods as the issue moves to the City Council. Continue reading »

Nov 162017
 
Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

The winner of Saturday’s historic battle to elect the first female mayor of New Orleans will be the woman who does the best job of getting out her vote. Though all the polls still have City Councilmember LaToya Cantrell ahead against former Judge Desiree Charbonnet, insiders who are reading daily tracking polls believe that Cantrell’s lead has been shrinking as the race tightens up. Continue reading »

Nov 152017
 

The exterior of the St. Vincent’s Guest House on Magazine Street. (via Google Maps)

The proposed renovation of St. Vincent’s Guest House in the Lower Garden District into a boutique hotel with a new reception hall received the approval of the City Planning Commission on Tuesday, but developers were denied permission to charge admission for events or extend operating hours there as they had requested. Continue reading »

Nov 132017
 

The Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans campus on Patton Street.

The governing board of Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orleans approved a set of new policies Monday night requiring federal immigration agents to present a warrant before talking to any students, setting new penalties for overdue fines for extracurricular activities, and adding more preschool seats for disadvantaged families next year. Continue reading »

Nov 132017
 

The Liege Waffle from Cloud 9 Bistro, now open on Magazine Street in the Irish Channel. (via cloudninenola.com)

Cloud 9 Bistro is in the building at 3138 Magazine between Harmony and Ninth Streets. (image via cloudninenola.com)

A new brunch spot specializing in Belgian waffles called “Cloud 9 Bistro” has opened on Magazine Street in the Irish Channel, its owner said. Continue reading »

Nov 102017
 

The Superica restaurant on Krog Street in Atlanta. (photo by andrew lee thomas photography via Superica on Facebook)

An upscale Tex-Mex restaurant with two locations in Atlanta is planning on adding a new location on Magazine Street in the space currently occupied by Smashburger, and developers plan to introduce the concept to neighbors next week. Continue reading »