Aug 312018

Sponsored by Midway Pizza

Business Profile: Midway Pizza

Ben Sherman and Stephen Watson have built a culture of great staff, good food, and gracious company over the last several years at Midway Pizza on Freret Street. They are on track to open a second location in the new airport this February with the same funky-cool feeling the Uptown community loves. With a true neighborhood feel and “the best staff in the city,” the pizza joint is proud to be a staple for the Freret corridor. Co-owner Ben Sherman sat with Uptown Messenger—on his birthday of all days—to talk big about the restaurant, their great staff, and the neighbors he loves so much.

“Our goal has always been to be a part of this neighborhood. We’re almost eight years in over here,” Ben said. “So many people from every part of the neighborhood gather here, whether it be for a football game or family outing, from Tchoupitoulas to well into Broadmoor.” Continue reading »

 Comments Off on Business Profile: Midway Pizza and the Pride of Freret  Tagged with: ,
Aug 242018

Leading short-term rental advocates held a community discussion Thursday night on ideas for changes to the laws governing the controversial topic in New Orleans, tapping into the deep well of frustration with the city’s rental market from nearly all sides. Continue reading »

 Comments Off on Short-term rental proponents offer suggestions for policy reforms; residents vent frustrations
Aug 222018

Building owner Jody Ferchaud and Surrey’s owner Greg Surrey pose for a photo outside the former Cafe Freret where Surrey’s will open its newest location. (Robert Morris,

After a major historic structural renovation, the vacant former service station that for years was home to Cafe Freret is now slated to become a new location of popular Uptown breakfast spot Surrey’s, flanked on either side by a new family-oriented coffee shop called “Cafe au Play” and new location of Empanola.

Work continues on the new columns at the building at Freret and Lowerline. (Robert Morris,

Continue reading »

 Comments Off on Major rehab of former Cafe Freret makes new location for Surrey’s, plus new coffee shop and empanada restaurant
Aug 222018

The newest addition to the family of Deanie’s seafood restaurants is the Deanie’s Sea Food Kitchen at 2200 Magazine St. Owned by Chandra Chifici-Scarber of the same family, the space has bars upstairs and downstairs, balcony dining, and a kitchen with food options old and new.

The newest addition to the family of Deanie’s seafood restaurants is the Sea Food Kitchen at 2200 Magazine St. Owned by Chandra Chifici-Scarber, the space has bars upstairs and downstairs, balcony dining, and a kitchen with food options old and new. (Tyree Worthy,

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell, representatives of District B City Councilman Jay Banks, New Orleans Chamber of Commerce CEO & President G. Ben Johnson, and many more joined the family in the new restaurant’s grand opening and ribbon-cutting on August 21. Continue reading »

 Comments Off on Deanie’s brings Sea Food Kitchen to Magazine and Jackson (photos)
Aug 212018

Laura Joffrion (right) and Emily Joffrion (center) help two customers during the FAIT NOLA launch party Saturday evening on Jefferson Avenue. (Robert Morris,

It’s been a few years since the national food truck craze arrived in New Orleans, and now its next evolution has arrived — FAIT NOLA, a mobile nursery and greenhouse that a horticulturist mom and her two daughters hope will help spread their love of decorative succulents and ferns around the city.

“It’s like a food truck, but for plants,” explained Laura Joffrion at a launch party for the project Saturday night.

Emily Joffrion explains the solarium concept during the FAIT NOLA launch party Saturday evening on Jefferson Avenue. (Robert Morris,

Continue reading »

 Comments Off on New solarium brings plants-on-wheels concept to New Orleans
Aug 202018

The view over the counter and out the front window at Cherry Coffee’s second location at 1581 Magazine Street. (via Cherry Coffee on Facebook)

Cherry Coffee, the cafe that first launched in a former firehouse near Wisner Park, has won an enthusiastic thumbs-up from the City Planning Commission to convert its second location in the Lower Garden District into a restaurant. Continue reading »

 Comments Off on Cherry Coffee request for second restaurant in Lower Garden District sails through first hearing
Aug 152018

The strip mall in the 4600 block of Magazine Street. (image via city of New Orleans)

The Subway sandwich shop that became the latest flashpoint in the conversation about chain restaurants on Magazine Street has withdrawn its application to open in a partially vacant strip mall there, New Orleans city officials said. Continue reading »

 Comments Off on Subway drops controversial plan for Magazine Street location
Aug 092018

The former Jim Russell’s Rare Records building at 1831 Magazine is being renovated into a home for the new Union Ramen restaurant. (photo via City Planning Commission)


The plan to create a new restaurant called Union Ramen in the Lower Garden District building was formerly the home of Jim Russell Rare Records has received initial approval from the City Planning Commission, and now heads to the City Council for a final decision. Continue reading »

 Comments Off on Union Ramen restaurant proposal in the Lower Garden District receives initial approval
Aug 032018

An undated historic photo of the building at 1626 O.C. Haley Boulevard. (submitted photo)

A rendering of the renovated 1626 O.C. Haley building. (submitted image)

A long-vacant building on O.C. Haley Boulevard — designed by the architect of Charity Hospital and the Louisiana State Capital building — is now under renovation through a collaboration between the nearby Gloryland Mr. Gillion Baptist Church and the Gulf Coast Housing Partnership. Continue reading »

 Comments Off on Long-vacant historic building on O.C. Haley Boulevard slated for redevelopment
Aug 022018

A billboard for Tiger Paw daiquiri shop in Baton Rouge. (via Facebook)

Five years ago, a daiquiri shop on St. Charles Avenue in the Lower Garden District drew such consistently out-of-control crowds that the city of New Orleans ultimately revoked their alcohol license.

Now, the owners of a Baton Rouge daiquiri shop want to open nearby and promise better management, but nearby residents and business owners voiced strong opposition to the idea, saying no promises or good intentions will keep it from becoming more of the same.

The building at 1610 St. Charles Avenue, where Tiger Paw Daiquiris and Grill plans to move in. (Robert Morris,

Continue reading »

 Comments Off on New daiquiri shop proposed for formerly troubled St. Charles Avenue block met with strong opposition
Jul 242018

Seth Dunlap, owner of the warehouse on Magazine Street slated to become the venue for The Fallen Saint, speaks before the City Planning Commission on Tuesday afternoon. (Robert Morris,

The City Planning Commission gave unanimous approval this afternoon to the new “Fallen Saint” immersive theatre venue on Magazine Street, after hearing from dozens of Lower Garden District neighbors. Continue reading »

 Comments Off on City Planning Commission votes to approve “The Fallen Saint” immersive-theatre project (live coverage)  Tagged with:
Jul 242018

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 Freret Beer Room won easy approval from the New Orleans City Council to add an “Annex” selling packaged liquor next door, despite a slightly more contentious path through the city planning process earlier this summer. Continue reading »

 Comments Off on Freret Beer Room gains approval for packaged-liquor “Annex”
Jul 232018

Magazine Street’s annual summertime shindig — now called “Moonlight on Magazine” after years as the “Cool Down Block Party” — returns this weekend with a special birthday performance by jazz trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis showcasing his new album, alongside a host of late-evening shopping and dining specials from local businesses.

The party runs from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday (July 28) on the 3900 to 4600 blocks of Magazine Street, between Austerlitz and Valence streets.

“Shops and restaurants will be staying open late and celebrating with complimentary drinks and appetizers, live music, special sales and exclusive activities,” according to the event announcement from Magazine Street Merchants. “Explore Magazine Street by moonlight, discover new favorite shops and rediscover old favorites while supporting local businesses.”

Marsalis will perform at Peaches Records. Other events during the party include live glassblowing demonstrations by Pollack Glass Studio and karaoke at Buddha Belly. The New Orleans Public Library Bookmobile will put in an appearance for kids, and Tipitina’s and the House of Blues will also participate.

See the list of participating businesses below:

 Comments Off on “Moonlight on Magazine” block party this weekend features music, food, shopping
Jul 232018

The warehouse at 1152 Magazine Street is slated to be renovated into a venue for “The Fallen Saint” immersive theatre production. The taller building between it and the Pontchartrain Expressway is not part of the proposal. (via city of New Orleans)

As the first hearing before city officials approaches for a warehouse on Magazine Street slated to be converted into the venue for an avant-garde immersive theatre project called “The Fallen Saint,” Lower Garden District residents are continuing an increasingly heated debate about whether its traffic will revitalize that corner of the neighborhood or overburden it. Continue reading »

 Comments Off on City planners endorse “Fallen Saint” immersive theatre venue in Lower Garden District  Tagged with:
Jul 232018

StayLocal is hosting a free “Office Hours” consultation Thursday featuring local experts in marketing and technology, as part of its broader effort to encourage New Orleans businesses to seek these services from firms in the city. Continue reading »

 Comments Off on StayLocal provides free “Office Hours” consultations with local business experts