Jun 212018

A rendering by Bell Architecture of the Framework building exterior on Magazine Street showing the central arcade leading to the courtyard in the rear. (via city of New Orleans)

The new bar from the owner of Tujaque’s proposed for the new “Framework” development on Magazine Street in the Lower Garden District has received initial approval from city planners, satisfying their questions about design and moving on to the City Council for final approval. Continue reading »

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Jun 202018

Early concept art for one of the performance spaces in “The Fallen Saint,” an immersive theatre production slated for the warehouse at 1152 Magazine Street. (courtesy of Proximity Entertainment)

A new form of avant garde immersive theatre popular in New York City is seeking to make a Magazine Street warehouse its home in New Orleans, producers of the project told Lower Garden District neighbors this week.

“The Fallen Saint” will combine live music and theatre in a series of intimate settings inside the warehouse at 1152 Magazine Street, said Seth and Rosa Dunlap, the owners of the building. The building will also feature a full-service restaurant with live music that will operate even when the show is not running, they said.

The warehouse at 1152 Magazine Street is slated to be renovated into a venue for “The Fallen Saint” immersive theatre production. (via Google Maps)

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Jun 202018

Joanne Close and Jim Yonkus are hoping to open an intimate wine shop at 1226 South White Street, if the BZA approves a required parking variance.

Developers are hoping to turn a vacant South White Street lot into an intimate wine shop, but three required parking spaces need to be waived in order for the space to be functional, the owners said.

Joanne Close and her husband Jim Yonkus are aiming to open a small wine store in the New Zion neighborhood just off South Broad Street. The property, a vacant lot at 1226 South White St., is zoned for heavy commercial use which requires the couple to add three off-street parking spots. But adding those parking spots would swallow up much of the already-tiny lot.

“We don’t have to have a huge building – it just has to be functional,” Close told a group of neighbors at a neighborhood meeting Wednesday. “Without the parking waiver, those spots would take up the whole lot.” Continue reading »

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Jun 192018

A rendering dated May 21 of the expansion of Safeguard Storage on Erato Street. (via city of New Orleans)

Safeguard Storage wants to add a three-story expansion next door to its five-story building on Erato Street, Lower Garden District neighbors learned Monday night. Continue reading »

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Jun 182018

The interior of the new Cherry location at 1581 Magazine. (via Cherry Coffee Roasters on Facebook)

The new sign for Cherry Coffee Roasters hangs at 1581 Magazine Street. (via Facebook)

Now that Cherry Coffee Roasters has settled into their new space on Magazine Street in the Lower Garden District, they are seeking to add a dinner menu and cocktails. Continue reading »

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Jun 142018

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The building at 1837 Magazine Street used to be the home of Jim Russell Rare Records. (via city of New Orleans)

Union Ramen, a new restaurant planned by a founding partner of the Eiffel Society, recently held its first meeting with Lower Garden District neighbors as it seeks the city’s permission to open in the Magazine Street building that formerly held Jim Russell Rare Records. Continue reading »

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Jun 052018

(via City of New Orleans)

The owners of the McDonald’s business on St. Charles Avenue in the Garden District are seeking the city’s permission for a major reconstruction project, reorganizing the interior and reconfiguring the building on its three lots, according to documents filed with the city. Continue reading »

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May 292018

(images via Facebook)

Luvi, a stylish pan-Asian bistro on Tchoupitoulas, and El Libre, a Cuban eatery on Calhoun, are two of Uptown’s latest new restaurants to open, and they will be followed soon by the return of Barrow’s Catfish on Earhart Boulevard, the resurrection of a pre-Katrina favorite. Continue reading »

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May 252018

(image via city of New Orleans)

The Subway sandwich shop proposed for Magazine Street received tentative approval from the City Council on Thursday, but City Councilman Jay H. Banks promised to prevent the ordinance allowing it from being drafted until he can have more meetings between the developer and neighborhood groups who spoke in opposition. Continue reading »

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May 242018

A rendering by Bell Architecture of the Framework building exterior on Magazine Street showing the central arcade leading to the courtyard in the rear. (via city of New Orleans)

The “Framework” commercial development on Magazine Street in the Lower Garden District — which will feature a bar from the owners of Tujaque’s — has been postponed by a month in the approval process while the owners work out a handful of design issues raised by city planners. Continue reading »

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May 222018

Freret Beer Annex is planned for 5012 Freret Street (on the far left), in the building next to Freret Beer Room at 5018 Freret. (via Google Maps)

The owner of the Freret Beer Room restaurant has received tentative approval to create the “Freret Beer Annex” packaged-liquor store next door, despite the objections of some nearby business owners. Continue reading »

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May 112018

Blue Cypress Books on Oak, Octavia Books, Garden District Book Shop on Prytania and Tubby & Coo’s in Mid-City are collaborating Saturday on a scavenger hunt with $100 in gift certificates, as well as special events and exclusive merchandise, as part of the national Independent Bookstore Day the effort to promote local shops in a literary world increasingly dominated by mail-order companies and chains. Continue reading »

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