Mar 132018
 

The Smashburger restaurant on Magazine Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

After months of negotiations with neighbors about seat counts and parking space, the owners of Superica restaurant have decided against moving into the Smashburger space on Magazine Street and are withdrawing their application before the City Planning Commission today, their representatives said. Continue reading »

Mar 062018
 

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)

A large new commercial development planned for a vacant lot on Magazine Street in the Lower Garden District will include a number of new businesses around a central courtyard, with a new wine bar from the owner of Tujague’s as the first announced tenant. Continue reading »

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Mar 062018
 

The former Times-Picayune building at 3800 Howard Avenue (photographed in August 2016 by Google Maps)

The former Times-Picayune building on Howard Avenue (between Uptown and Mid-City) has been vacant for about two years, but a potential investor is seeking to change the industrial building into a hub for entertainment, golf, and food.

Drive Shack, a New York-based offshoot of American Golf, has plans to renovate the 62,000 square-foot press building into a large-scale golf entertainment facility.  The tenant is seeking a planned industrial district zoning for the site, and neighbors are invited to learn more before it heads to the City Planning Commission.

 

Read the full story by Claire Byun on Mid-City Messenger here.

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Feb 272018
 

Étouffée, Gumbo, and Red Beans and Rice with Chops created by Eat NOLA Noir chefs (photo credit Erica M. Durousseau, co-founder of Eat NOLA Noir)

As Black History Month comes to a close and the concurrent, much-needed addition of a “Black Restaurant Week” winds down, I have pondered the lack of celebrated minority chefs in our little hamlet of Uptown New Orleans.

The discouraging results after searching memory, calling fellow habitual diners, and ultimately an internet hunt, is that in a city whose famed culinary prowess is shaped by its black cultural contributions, we don’t have nearly enough celebrated, household name, black chefs or black-owned restaurants, past or present.

Other than iconic Tremé Chef Leah Chase of Dooky Chase fame, what other black chef pops into the New Orleanians’ dining-centric mind? Continue reading »

Feb 242018
 

Sailor’s Cross Tattoo and Gallery, located at 5010 Freret Street (Riley Katz, Loyola Student News Service)

By Riley Katz, Loyola Student News Service

Founder and co-owner of Sailor’s Cross, Alejandro “Bear” Sedaca (Riley Katz, Loyola Student News Service)

Sailor’s Cross Tattoo and Gallery showcases and sells art from around the country while letting customers design a work of art they can wear forever.

Founder and co-owner of Sailor’s Cross Alejandro “Bear” Sedaca said art and tattoos go hand in hand, and he was surprised to find no other tattoo parlor/art gallery officially existed when he opened Sailor’s Cross. He said combining the two into a single location on Freret Street would help stress the new meaning of tattoos in modern context. Continue reading »

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Feb 222018
 

Three Local Black Chefs hit LOT 1701 for Eat NOLA Noir Restaurant Week

by Kristine Froeba

Eat NOLA Noir’s New Orleans Black Dining Week continues with its pop-up division—Pop-Up NOIR—in a continuation of its Black History Month celebration of local black culinary talent.

This Friday night (Feb. 23), three minority chefs are the feature at “Beats & Bites”, a fundraiser presented by Eat NOLA Noir in conjunction with the HBCU Material Culture Conference, a multi-cultural conference presented by Dillard and Tulane Universities. Continue reading »

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Feb 162018
 

Cherry Espresso Bar (via Facebook)

Cherry Espresso Bar, the coffee shop that opened nearly two years ago in a former firehouse on Laurel Street, now hopes to become a full service restaurant with alcohol sales, according to documents filed with the city. Continue reading »

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Feb 152018
 

A rendering of the exterior of the Subway sandwich shop planned for Magazine Street.
(image via city of New Orleans)

A Subway sandwich shop is seeking permission to become the latest fast-food operator on Magazine Street, with plans to open the corner of unit of a strip mall near Valence Street, city documents show. Continue reading »

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Feb 062018
 

Eat NOLA Noir shows off merchandise at their pop-up event at Backatown Coffee Parlour (Kerri Ebanks)

Story by Kerri Ebanks
Special to NOLA Messenger

Walking into Backatown Coffee Parlour while DJ Chinua is spinning Caribbean Funk vibes could make you feel a little guilty because you’re out on a weeknight, but when it’s carnival season, the word “guilt” is never mentioned. There’s more of a crowd than there would be on a typical weekday, and that’s all due to a pop-up event hosted by Eat NOLA Noir.

(l-r) Zella Palmer and Erica Durousseau, founders of Eat NOLA Noir (Kerri Ebanks)

Just in time for Black History Month, Eat NOLA Noir previewed New Orleans Black Dining Week last Wednesday (Jan. 31) at Backatown. The semi-annual event will begin Feb. 12 and last until Feb. 24. The organizers previewed what’s to come for the themed cuisine week, set to bring more exposure to Black-owned eateries in New Orleans through social exchange. Continue reading »

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Jan 302018
 

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

Chipotle Mexican Grill has been officially cleared to make its debut in the city of New Orleans, following the unanimous approval of the City Council to open a location on Magazine Street in the Garden District. Continue reading »

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Jan 302018
 

Billy Miller and Rachel Reed of Hinge Salon

Hinge Salon is the new business on the block, but they bring a world of experience and inspirational passion to their cozy space. Owners Billy Miller and Rachel Reed have been working in the industry for over 30 years combined and decided to open their Magazine Street salon to focus on their clients needs. They seek to be a resource and help their clients create savvy fashion choices that makes them feel great.

Name: Billy Miller and Rachel Reed
Store: Hinge Salon
Founded: June 2017

What ignited the spark in you to start your business?
Billy: When I came back to New Orleans after the storm I knew salons would be reopening and building their teams. I set forth to create a hub to train and prepare stylists to be on the floor in a few months. That training “school” concept didn’t quite work out so we opened up a teaching salon called Urban Angels in 2006. We had a lot of fun with it! Continue reading »

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Jan 252018
 

The building at 940 Louisiana Avenue. (via Google Maps)

A rezoning request to create an ice-cream shop on Louisiana Avenue in the Irish Channel was rejected by the City Council on Thurday after neighbors expressed worry the spot-zoning would permit a year-round AirBnB hub. Continue reading »

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Jan 192018
 

Mardi Gras and festival season are right around the corner, which means you need an outfit that makes a statement. Whether you’re walking down the parade routes on St. Charles Avenue or navigating the food stands at Jazz Fest, it’s always important to stand out from the crowd. 1 of 1 Blazers creates custom, hand-painted suits, ties, and blazers for all your party needs.

Wear Your Custom Suit Anywhere!
Some men’s suits have a subtle message, but not ours. We create the ultimate power suit by giving you the confidence to truly own the room. Here are a few places to wear your most outlandish outfits:

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Jan 162018
 

Deborah Schumacher of Slim Goodies Diner

On the front cover of Slim Goodies’ menu it says, “We’re here to stay & stand by New Orleans, come hell or high water.” That attitude is a way of life at this Uptown diner. Owner Deborah Schumacher is dedicated to serving her guests and community great food and lots of love! We sat down with Deborah to learn more about the secret ingredient to her business’s success.

Name: Deborah Schumacher
Store: Slim Goodies Diner
Founded: 2002

What ignited the spark in you to start your business?
My partner and dear friend Kathleen “Kappa” Horn and her brother, Raymond Horn, started the business in 2002. If fact, the pictures in the main dining rooming are her family photos. Kappa owned a retail shop in the French Quarter and decided to open Slim Goodies Diner to bring the American-Creole breakfast “Diner” concept to Uptown. Continue reading »

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Jan 122018
 

The property at the corner of Carondelet and St. Mary streets. (image via Google)

Another commercial rezoning request — this time just off St. Charles Avenue — led to another round of heated allegations of ulterior AirBnB-related motives on Thursday, as Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell said the issue reaffirms the need for her proposed reform of short-term rental laws just days after the City Planning Commission rejected them. Continue reading »