The restaurant proposed for the Magnolia Mansion at Prytania and Jackson that had proven controversial with neighbors won City Council approval in a split vote Thursday afternoon.
With plans for a rooftop lounge and a restored Silver Whistle coffee shop on the first floor, The Pontchartrain Hotel on St. Charles Avenue is intent on reclaiming its historic prominence in New Orleans, its owners say — right down to the classic blueberry muffins.
Before Mayor Mitch Landrieu took the podium for Friday’s grand opening ceremony at Martin Wine Cellar on Baronne Street, he had a very important question to ask.
“You’ve already got your lemonade?” Landrieu asked a patron in the crowd, noting her tall glass. He took the microphone, and continued, “I’m happy. You know how many times I came here when I was a kid to get a sandwich, how many Lindys I’ve eaten?”
A proposal to add a restaurant at the Magnolia Mansion hotel on Prytania Street drew such vehement opposition from Garden District-area neighbors on Tuesday afternoon that the City Planning Commission overruled their own staffers to recommend against the project.
Two high-concept restaurants planned for Uptown New Orleans — the Lula micro-distillery slated for the Halpern’s building on St. Charles Avenue, and a project on Magazine Street by the owners of Maysville in New York City — both won easy approval from the New Orleans City Council on Thursday afternoon.
The Circle K convenience store on South Claiborne Avenue in the university area was robbed at gunpoint early this morning, making the sixth business along the corridor to be struck in less than two weeks.
The Subway sandwich shop on South Claiborne Avenue was robbed at gunpoint on Sunday evening and the Dollar General store a block away was robbed Monday night, New Orleans police said.
Noodle & Pie, the celebrated new restaurant at the corner of State and Magazine, received a favorable recommendation from city officials Tuesday for its request to start serving cocktails, despite the concerns of a few neighbors worried that the establishment may one day replaced by a nuisance bar.
Purloo — the highly-anticipated restaurant that will showcase Chef Ryan Hughes’ takes on dishes from across the Deep South — has opened for dinner inside the Southern Food and Beverage Museum on O.C. Haley Boulevard, the restaurant announced.
Martinique Bistro is closing after 20 years and will be reopened as Avo by a former Gautreau’s chef; a former Emeril’s chef has taken over Frankie and Johnny’s, and HiVolt Coffee will begin serving beverages to go inside of P’s and Q’s on Magazine Street, according to recent reports.
New Year’s Day is now nearly upon us. As has always been the case, the libations will flow and drunken debauchery will rule the streets. We will celebrate having endured one more journey around the sun on this world of ours by getting blotto.
Of course, there was a brief period when that wasn’t the case.
“The first day of the New Year was observed, rather than celebrated by New Orleans, with hushful Sabbatical ceremony,” a reporter for the Times-Picayune observed during Prohibition.
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.