For the second time in two years, the New Orleans City Council denied a request to tear down three homes in front of a car wash on the upper end of Tchoupitoulas last week.
With the holiday bows on the railings, the shelves stocked and well-wishers gathered on the sidewalk Friday morning, Cedric Martin noticed one last detail amiss.
“Turn on the ‘open’ sign,” Martin laughed and then officially welcomed New Orleans back to the original Baronne Street location of Martin Wine Cellar. “It’s a very special day, and we’ve waited a long time for this. … It’s great to be home.”
After years of waiting and months of construction, Martin Wine Cellar will reopen its new store at its original Baronne Street location on Friday morning, company officials announced.
The micro-distillery aspect of the proposed Lula restaurant that is slated to replace the Halpern furniture store on St. Charles Avenue easily won the approval of the City Planning Commission on Tuesday, despite some concerns from neighbors about the impact of larger development plans for the block.
The owners of Magasin Cafe are opening “The Pressery” gourmet juice bar today (Monday, Dec. 8) — specializing in raw organic, vegan juices and milks — in the Magazine Street storefront last occupied by La Divina Geletaria.
Magazine Street touts itself as “one of New Orleans’ premier shopping and entertainment districts,” so when developers presented a plan this week to convert a vacant Blockbuster Video at the edge of the Garden District into a new CVS pharmacy, they can hardly have been surprised by the lackluster reaction from residents.
“We don’t need another store to go buy gum and beer,” said Constance Street resident Mindy Decker, noting that another Walgreens is already a few blocks away and suggesting CVS consider Tchoupitoulas instead.
Nearly seven decades after Martin Wine Cellar first opened on Baronne Street in 1946, the beloved Uptown grocery and deli is finally just days away from returning to its original location with a re-opening planned for next week, just in time for the holiday season.
Procrastinating until something becomes absolutely critical is undeniably an American tradition. And when it comes to procrastinating, New Orleans is always at the forefront.
There’s an example of this phenomenon just down the street and around the corner from my house. In the 2000 block of Coliseum Street there has long been a broken water or drainage line (it’s unclear which). It first became obvious over seven years ago when the street began to sink and the adjacent brick sidewalk began to break apart.
Aldous Huxley once wrote that “a fanatic is a man who consciously over compensates a secret doubt.” This helps explain the bizarrely-detailed 25 page anti-smoking ordinance proposed this past Thursday by Councilwomen Latoya Cantrell and Susan Guidry.
Even I didn’t predict the staggering scope of the ordinance. Instead of being content to simply ban most indoor smoking, already a contentious proposal, the bill seeks to ban most outdoor smoking as well and treats electronic cigarettes, which produce no smoke, the same way as traditional cigarettes. It contains no exceptions for hookah lounges or cigar bars.
Less than two months ago, the weeds in the vacant lot the corner of Foucher and South Saratoga Street grew as high as the shoulders of the police officers who gathered there for an anti-crime march following the second of three fatal shootings there this year.
Today, the overgrowth is gone, replaced by construction workers preparing the site for a collection of new homes that will be placed on the market early next year for approximately $2 million. The developer of the property, Bo Pennington, and the long-suffering neighbors hope for an even more dramatic transformation: that of one of Uptown New Orleans’ most violent spots into a new nexus for neighborhood revitalization.
An intimate, European-style “speakeasy” serving wine, cocktails and a few French hors d’oeuvres is planned for a blighted building on Magazine Street in the Lower Garden District, the owners told neighbors on Monday night.
StayLocal will be hosting a symposium Thursday on local investment opportunities as a part of Invest Local Day. The symposium will discuss alternative financing, crowdfunding, new developments that are opening up local investment opportunities to accredited and unaccredited investors and more.
A proposed commercial kitchen on Willow Street dubbed the “Carrollton Commissary” will return to the City Planning Commission this week, after city officials suggested two weeks ago that the business owners needed more time to discuss the project with neighbors who vocally opposed it.
Six local startup companies have been chosen to receive up to $50,000 investments funded by Chevron as part of the PowerMoves.NOLA program, and the minority entrepreneurs behind them will hold an open house Monday evening at the program’s Lower Garden District headquarters.
The Urban Conservancy, a non-profit organization in New Orleans, is having their 2014 annual Urban Heroes Gala Saturday, Nov. 15, to celebrate three visionaries recognized by The Urban Conservancy and StayLocal, a non-profit organization that is the Greater New Orleans area’s independent business alliance. The event will feature food, drink and The Laissez Boys and Camel Toe Lady Steppers.
A chef at a popular Mid-City eatery hopes to open her own Mexican restaurant in Broadmoor, but first she will need to obtain commercial zoning for a former Broad Street drug store that neighbors have long fought to keep residential.
The boarded-up LeRoux banquet hall on Louisiana Avenue was damaged after catching fire Thursday afternoon, New Orleans firefighters said.