Oct 272017
 

Chef Alon Shaya’s signature Lamb shank with Pomegranate seeds. (photo by Kristine Froeba for UptownMessenger.com)

Renowned chef Alon Shaya has distanced himself from the Besh Restaurant Group by launching a new hospitality group, formed only two days after Shaya’s ouster from his namesake restaurant.

Rosh Hashanah 2017 began at sundown on September 20, the first day of the Jewish New Year. It was also the date of the founding of Pomegranate Hospitality, chef Alon Shaya’s new company. The pomegranate is a long time symbol of the Jewish celebration and a symbol of fruitfulness, perhaps in this instance, also new beginnings. Continue reading »

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Oct 262017
 

Barkley Rafferty has launched the Royal Merchant Trading Company from her Uptown home. (photo by Danae Columbus for UptownMessenger.com)

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Armed with her Tulane MBA and a love of cooking, 31-year old Barkley Rafferty recently launched an online and direct mail spice business, Royal Merchant Trading Company, which is supplying customers with amazingly fresh, high quality, hard-to-source spices from around the world.

“I started developing this product two years ago out of my frustration,” said Raffferty. “I love to cook. At New Orleans grocery stores I can find great produce, local seafood, and fresh bread. But I could never find the exact spices I was looking for,” Rafferty continued. Continue reading »

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Oct 242017
 

Zach Foster of Blue Dot Donuts

Before you even open a box of a dozen donuts from Blue Dot Donuts, you can smell the sweet, warm pastries calling.

When you finally crack the top open, you can see the intense colors of assorted donuts freshly baked and frosted—these are not your average donuts. Like jelly in a donut, New Orleans culture is injected right into the heart of Blue Dot Donuts.

Name: Zach Foster
Store: Blue Dot Donuts
Since: Founded in 2011

What ignited the spark in you to start your business?
Well technically, the business had already started when I bought it. I was the head baker six months after the store opened in 2011. Then, this last March, the owners decided to retire and gave me first dibs on buying the business, and I took them up on it.

Read the full story on MidCityMessenger.com here.

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Oct 172017
 

Kristen Essig (left), Michael Stoltzfus and Beverly House discuss the planned transformation of the former Shamrock Tavern into the Thalia restaurant on Monday night at a meeting of the Coliseum Square Association. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The co-owners of the beloved Coquette restaurant on Magazine Street received a warm reception Monday night as they introduced their idea for a new restaurant, “Thalia,” to their neighbors in the Lower Garden District. Continue reading »

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Oct 092017
 

A rendering of the Chipotle proposed for 2801 Magazine Street. (via city of New Orleans)

The Chipotle restaurant planned for the Garden District that has stirred questions about the proliferation of chain restaurants on Magazine Street is scheduled to be discussed by the City Planning Commission on Tuesday. Continue reading »

Oct 052017
 

Deutsches Haus returns to New Orleans with its annual Oktoberfest at their new location—1700 Moss Street, along Bayou St. John in Mid-City. The festival runs for three weekends, beginning with a Mid-City Biz fundraiser from 4 to 11 p.m. this Friday, October 6.

Oktoberfest runs for three weekends, October 6 – 7, October 13 – 14, and October 20 – 21, with Friday hours 4 to 11 p.m. and Saturday hours 1 to 11 p.m. This will be Deutsches Haus’ first Oktoberfest in the City of New Orleans since 2010. Continue reading »

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Oct 032017
 

Mark and Brenda Rosenbaum of Rosetree Glass Studio and Gallery

At Rosetree Glass Studio and Gallery, Mark Rosenbaum creates distinctive glass work using 2,000-year-old techniques. Mark has a diverse artistic background including glassblowing, glass casting, ceramics, and jewelry.

His work has been featured throughout the United States in fine craft stores, art galleries, businesses, and homes. Rosetree Glass Studio is the perfect place to find a one-of-a-kind piece.

Name: Mark and Brenda Rosenbaum
Store: Rosetree Glass Studio and Gallery
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Sep 282017
 

On the heels of reports that short-term rental advocates plan to seek looser regulations on AirBnB hosting and similar services, affordable-housing advocates convened a meeting Wednesday night to announce their own policy goals restricting the same services — setting up a major election-year fight for the next mayor and City Council. Continue reading »

Sep 272017
 

An early rendering of the facade of the two-story expansion of the University Shell on South Claiborne Avenue. (image by Professional Designs Group)

The plan to expand the University Shell gas station on South Claiborne Avenue received a positive recommendation from the City Planning Commission on Tuesday, sending it on to the City Council for a final decision over neighbors’ requests for more time to consider the proposal. Continue reading »

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Sep 222017
 

How to spur economic development on traditional business corridors like South Broad Street – and how to make sure it benefits longtime local businesses, instead of only transplants – formed the topic of debate for nearly a dozen candidates for mayor of New Orleans on Thursday afternoon. Continue reading »

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Sep 202017
 

The century old Fine Arts Theater at Baronne and Constantinople Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Recent repairs at the century-old Fine Arts Theater on Baronne Street have nearby neighbors enthusiastic that the grand building may soon be due for redevelopment, they said Wednesday night. Continue reading »

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Sep 192017
 

Chipotle plans to open its first New Orleans location in the former Radio Shack at 2801 Magazine Street in the Garden District. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The imminent arrival of fast-growing Chipotle chain burrito restaurant on Magazine Street — plunging directly into competition with beloved local Latin restaurants — has local residents beginning to explore legislation that might limit the influx of national brands on the uniquely Uptown New Orleans thoroughfare.

“No one comes to New Orleans to see Veterans Avenue,” said Coliseum Square Association member Frank Cole. “I don’t want to see an Arby’s on Magazine Street.” Continue reading »

Sep 142017
 

The McDonald’s on South Carrollton (via Google Maps)

A customer at the McDonald’s on South Carrollton placed an order Wednesday night, then changed it at the last minute and — in the minor moment of counter-service uncertainty that ensued — grabbed money out of the register and ran away with it, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »