Jun 232015
 
Izzo's Illegal Burrito on Magazine Street (April 2015 photograph by Google Maps)

Izzo’s Illegal Burrito on Magazine Street (April 2015 photograph by Google Maps)

The request by Izzo’s Illegal Burrito to sell beer and margaritas at their Magazine Street location split the City Planning Commission on Tuesday — even with tight restrictions on the operations there — so the New Orleans City Council will have to decide whether a restaurant considered “fast food” should be compatible with alcohol sales. Continue reading »

Jun 082015
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

There’s no getting around it: Central City is an impoverished neighborhood.

In 2013, Karen Gadbois and Craig Mulcahy summed up the situation in Central City nicely: “[Y]ou’re still within sight of the Superdome, but have no doubt about it: The tracks may be nonexistent, but you’re on the wrong side of them.”

With Central City’s depressed economic state, one would think that public officials and the nonprofit community would focus on promoting businesses that provide goods and services that serve a lower-income demographic. However, the opposite has been the case. Continue reading »

Jun 052015
 
Residential structures from the former New Orleans Adolescent Hospital along Henry Clay Avenue will be torn down as part of the Children's Hospital expansion. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Residential structures from the former New Orleans Adolescent Hospital along Henry Clay Avenue were approved for demolition as part of the Children’s Hospital expansion. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Children’s Hospital won permission Thursday to tear down six buildings on the former New Orleans Adolescent Hospital campus along Henry Clay Avenue, but has agreed to participate beforehand in a federal process to determine whether their loss can be minimized or mitigated. Continue reading »

Jun 032015
 
An artist's rendition of the expansion of Children's Hospital onto the former New Orleans Adolescent Hospital site. (image by Eskew + Dumez + Ripple architects, courtesy of Children's Hospital)

An artist’s rendition of the expansion of Children’s Hospital onto the former New Orleans Adolescent Hospital site. (image by Eskew + Dumez + Ripple architects, courtesy of Children’s Hospital)

Children’s Hospital faces two key hearings before city officials this week as it prepares to tear down a cluster of dilapidated structures at the edge of the former site of the New Orleans Adolescent Hospital in anticipation of building a new parking garage and clinic space there, and shared more details about the development plans with neighbors on Tuesday night. Continue reading »

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Jun 012015
 
The former fountain store at 7901 St. Charles Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The former fountain store at 7901 St. Charles Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A nearly 80-year-old building on St. Charles Avenue that was once a gas station, bagel shop and more recently a fountain store is slated to be torn down and replaced with a new house, less than a year after neighbors successfully protested plans for a condo development there. Continue reading »

May 272015
 
A rendering depicting the approximate size and layout of the homes proposed for the former Turnbull Bakery site in the Irish Channel, though each house will be individually designed. (image courtesy of Pentek Homes)

A rendering from April depicting the approximate size and layout of the homes proposed for the former Turnbull Bakery site in the Irish Channel, though each house will be individually designed. (image courtesy of Pentek Homes)

The proposed redevelopment of the former Turnbull Bakeries site into a 17-home development stepped closer to approval Tuesday, when City Planning Commission voted unanimously to send the project to the New Orleans City Council with a favorable recommendation. Continue reading »

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May 222015
 
The former Robert site in the 1300 block of Annunciation. (April 2014 image via Google maps)

The former Robert site in the 1300 block of Annunciation. (April 2014 image via Google maps)

As the new Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance approached approval by the City Council earlier this month, a last-minute effort to change the zoning around the former Robert grocery property on Annunciation Street has Lower Garden District residents wondering what the future holds for the property. Continue reading »

Apr 282015
 
The Uptown Pharmacy at Nashville and Magazine was robbed at gunpoint Tuesday, police say. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Uptown Pharmacy at Nashville and Magazine was robbed at gunpoint Tuesday, police say. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A pharmacy at Nashville Avenue and Magazine Street that was open in spite of the power outage following Monday’s storms in New Orleans was robbed at gunpoint of cash and painkillers by three masked men on Tuesday afternoon, police and the victims said. Continue reading »

Apr 212015
 
An image promoting the "Grand Opening of Latin Fridays" from the "Cafe Ra" Instagram stream, which advertises events at 1379 Annunciation Street. (via instagram.com/ra_nola)

An image promoting the “Grand Opening of Latin Fridays” from the “Cafe Ra” Instagram stream, which advertises events at 1379 Annunciation Street. (via instagram.com/ra_nola)

New Orleans police and city and state alcohol officials ordered a halt to nightclub activity operating in a former firehouse on Annunciation Street earlier this month, saying that “Club Ra” was issued a live entertainment permit in error but that its activities bore little resemblance to the restaurant its zoning allows. Continue reading »

Apr 102015
 
Chef Antonino "Nino" Bongiorno and his son, Giuseppe, behind the counter at Cafe Nino. The restaurant will close May 31. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Chef Antonino “Nino” Bongiorno and his son, Giuseppe, behind the counter at Cafe Nino. The restaurant will close May 31. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

After 18 years in an assuming little building on South Carrollton Avenue, chef “Nino” Bongiorno plans to close his doors there for the final time at the end of next month.

“Everyone knows me, and everyone cries,” Bongiorno said of word about his plans to close getting out. But fans of Nino’s chicken marsala and red wine still have reason to dry their eyes — Bongiorno said that after a short break, he plans to currently seek a new location in the Warehouse District or possibly Freret Street. Continue reading »

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Apr 012015
 
A rendering by Garrity Accardo architects of the redevelopment along Freret near Cadiz. (via nola.gov)

A rendering by Garrity Accardo architects of the redevelopment along Freret near Cadiz. (via nola.gov)

Workers have added a new wall enclosing the former laundry on the old Frank's Steak House site on Freret Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Workers have added a new wall enclosing the former laundry on the old Frank’s Steak House site on Freret Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The new owners of the former Frank’s Steakhouse have revealed some details of the tenants they have lined up for their redevelopment on Freret Street — including a yogurt shop, a wine bar, a juice bar and professional offices — as nearby residents begin discussing the impact of the new apartments planned for the site. Continue reading »

Mar 272015
 
A rendering of the new CVS pharmacy slated for the corner of Louisiana and Magazine. (courtesy of Avery Koontes / Sherman Strategies)

A rendering of the remodeled CVS pharmacy slated for the corner of Louisiana and Magazine. (image by Genesis Design Group, courtesy of Avery Cootes / Sherman Strategies)

The New Orleans City Council gave enthusiastic approval to a plan to remodel the former Blockbuster Video building at the edge of the Garden District into a CVS pharmacy, but several members said the city should be looking for a way to restrict the growing density of chain stores on Magazine Street. Continue reading »