A plastic go-cup from Domenica restaurant. (UptownMessenger.com)
Pizza Domenica, the proposed expansion of Chef John Besh’s popular downtown pizza restaurant onto Magazine Street Uptown, will head to the City Council without a recommendation from the City Planning Commission, after a split vote by commissioners Tuesday afternoon.
Any observer might be forgiven for assuming that Pizza Domenica’s plans were scuttled by their request to allow patrons to take their drinks out the door in a plastic cup to-go. After all, go cups dominated Tuesday’s discussion of the restaurant, just as they have the New Orleans media scene in the two weeks since go-cup rights activists began warning of a looming “go-cup battle” out of City Council.
But the commissioners who voted against Pizza Domenica on Tuesday said afterward that, surprising as it sounds, the go-cup issue was not even a factor in their decision. Continue reading »