Mar 272020

By Kristine Froeba, opinion columnist

The PJ’s on upper Magazine Street is taking call-in orders. (Kristine Froeba)

COVID-19 can live up to eight hours on cardboard takeout boxes and up to 72 on Styrofoam containers, straws, cups and plastic bags, says a study published by the New England Journal of Medicine. Airborne droplets can linger in the air for three to four hours after a person has coughed or sneezed.

What does that mean for locals who are supporting our beloved local restaurants and coffee shops? It means risk. Takeout and curbside service is a risk to the health of the workers and the customers, but how much?

That’s a question no one can answer yet. It may be a question some would prefer to ignore or deny. Continue reading »

Mar 262020

Bars with kitchens, like Cure on Freret Street, are not allowed to sell via take-out or delivery under the COVID-19 restrictions. (Google Maps)

By Sharon Lurye, Uptown Messenger

While some bars in New Orleans hoped they could survive the economic fallout of COVID-19 by selling alcohol to-go, city and state officials have clarified that they must close completely – leading to a peculiar situation where restaurants, breweries and even drive-thru daiquiri shops can sell alcohol to-go, but not regular bars. Continue reading »

Mar 262020

The tables outside Rouses on Baronne Street are cordoned off to prevent people from congregating. (Danae Columbus)

By Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

Every morning just before 7 a.m. Jonathan Rietmaier unlocks the doors of Mammoth Expresso, his popular CBD coffeehouse, so his employees can serve up the aromatic brew and pastries for which his small business is well known. Although strictly take-out these days, Riethmaier hadn’t changed Mammoth’s hours or staffing in an effort to help his five part-time employees. Continue reading »

Mar 252020

Dear Neighbors and Friends,
As an essential business, Parcels and Post will remain open during the COVID-19 episode. We have a real-life, full-size Post Office mailbox located right inside the front door. You can drop stamped letters, prepaid USPS packages/bags, and small boxes into this box without having to encounter another human.

We have lots of stamps and are providing shipping services with USPS and FedEx. UPS is also dropping off and picking up every weekday.

Thank you for supporting your locally owned neighborhood shop.

See you soon!

– Heidi Hammond, Owner

Parcels & Post
5208 Magazine St.
Open Weekdays, 1-6 p.m.
(504) 891-8402


Mar 252020

Firefighters battle a three-alarm fire on Washington Avenue in Broadmoor. (NOFD photo via Twitter)

A three-alarm fire broke out early Wednesday in a strip mall on Washington Avenue in Broadmoor.

It caused extensive damage to the building that housed eight stores, fire officials report. The alarm sounded at about 2:45 a.m., and firefighters had the blaze under control by about 5 a.m. No injuries were reported.  Continue reading »

Mar 242020

The Krewe of Red Bean makes a delivery to hospital workers. The project is multi-tiered: It feeds the front-lines while providing business to restaurants and  work to gig-less musicians. (via Instagram)

Donating or volunteering can alleviate the feelings of anxiety and helplessness — and the boredom — most of us are experiencing during this crisis. There are ways to help during this coronavirus pandemic without violating the stay-at-home order and putting yourself or others at risk.

At the same time, you can reduce the risk for the front-line workers, help an out-of-work musician earn some money, virtually tip your favorite bartender, cheer up a nursing home resident and more. You don’t even need to donate — if you buy a restaurant gift card now, you can treat yourself and others to a nice dine-in meal when all this is over.  (updated March 28) Continue reading »

Mar 232020

Professionals who depend on the local wedding industry include videographers, photographers and musicians as well wedding planners, caterers and florists. (Lonely Eskimo Productions, via EmilySullivanEvents.com)

By Sue Strachan, Uptown Messenger

Near the end of a meeting to discuss the future of the wedding industry in New Orleans, event planner Emily Sullivan took a phone call.

“It’s a client,” she said.

With restrictions getting tougher every day due to the spread of COVID-19, a phone call from a client is going to mean a cancellation or a postponement. Continue reading »

Mar 222020

Louisiana Department of Health data as of March 22. See here for PDF.

Gov. John Bel Edwards issued a statewide stay-at-home order today that goes into effect at 5 p.m. Monday (March 23) to further fight the spread of COVID-19 in Louisiana, as the number of confirmed cases have topped 800 and spread to more than half of of the state’s parishes. Continue reading »

Mar 212020

The New Orleans Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness and the New Orleans Health Department announced Saturday that, beginning Sunday (March 22), drive-thru COVID-19 testing will be available to anyone with a fever and other symptoms. Continue reading »

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Mar 212020

From the Sewerage & Water Board

Starting at 8 a.m. today (March 21), Sewerage & Water Board crews will repair a broken water valve on South Carrollton Avenue and Zimpel Street in the Carrollton neighborhood.

This work is being done in order to avoid a future unexpected loss of service in this area. This valve replacement will also increase the redundancy needed to protect the distribution system. Continue reading »

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