Dec 152017
 

Brigtsen’s Roast Duck a l’Orange with Dirty Rice & Louisiana Citrus Sauce and Pan-Roasted Pork Chop with Roasted Autumn Vegetables & Apple Cider Pan Gravy. (photo by Katherine Kimball, katkimballphoto.com)

Brigtsen’s, one of our most esteemed restaurants is among the few Uptown to commemorate the Creole tradition of le Réveillon de Noël.

“Many of our guests have made a visit to Brigtsen’s for Réveillon part of their own Holiday tradition. There is a festive air and a shared joy in our dining rooms. It’s really quite beautiful,” Chef Frank Brigtsen said.

During the colonial period, the French Catholic meal began after a full day of religious observance and abstinence ending in Midnight Mass, or “la Messe de Minuit”. After midnight, the solemnity ended, and le Réveillon celebration, or “the eve”, would begin. Continue reading »

Dec 122017
 

Jonathan Walker of The Station Coffee Shop and Bakery

He makes coffee. She bakes pastries. You get to enjoy the delicious results. Jonathan and Megan Walker, owners of The Station Coffee Shop and Bakery, admit to having a crush on their Mid-City building for years and just this year opened the doors for the new shop. The Station stands as a purple highlight in the neighborhood and is already a staple for many local residents. We sat down with Jonathan Walker to hear about his experience as a freshly-brewed entrepreneur.

Name: Jonathan Walker
Store: The Station Coffee Shop and Bakery
Since: February 2017

What ignited the spark for you to start your business?
I’ve been working in coffee since I graduated college, which is pretty common for people who graduate with an English degree. And I love it!My wife always wanted to be a baker and used to work at Angelo Brocato’s. We live about four blocks away and have always loved this building. It was sort of a dream of ours to buy it and open shop.

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Nov 222017
 

Creole Dressing, Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Rice, or Macaroni?

150 year old family Creole Oyster Dressing, the recipe is below and it’s good! Shrimp and Ham Stuffed Mirlitons share the table in a cast iron skillet. (Kristine Froeba)

The countdown to a New Orleans Thanksgiving dinner has begun. The old guard, as we know, still serves Oyster Dressing along with their roast turkey. However, an influx of newcomers might be changing the local menu.

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Nov 212017
 

Bud’s Broiler on Calhoun Street is closing Sunday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

On Tuesday afternoon at Bud’s Broiler’s nearly 40-year-old location on Calhoun Street, Jason Qader, the 62-year-old man who has owned it for the last two decades, stood smiling in the dining room, chatting with his longtime regulars — and saying his goodbyes.

Sunday, sadly, will be the last day for the Uptown burger institution, as Qader moves into his retirement. The restaurant will be closed for two or three months, then reopen as an Uptown expansion of El Libre — expanding on the Carribean-themed menu options currently available at the downtown startup with flavors that should appeal to traditional Uptown restaurant-goers as well. Continue reading »

Nov 172017
 

The Smashburger restaurant is being planned for conversion into a new restaurant called Superica next year, developers say. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The planned Superica restaurant on Magazine Street will be more than twice as large as the current Smashburger space currently in the location, a revelation is drawing frustration and opposition from more than a dozen Garden District and Irish Channel neighbors. Continue reading »

Nov 162017
 

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

A rezoning to create an ice-cream shop on Louisiana Avenue in the Irish Channel was rejected by the City Planning Commission this week amid neighbors’s allegations that it is merely intended as a “front” for a commercial AirBnB operation.

The owner, however, says he is just using short-term rentals as a way of supporting his small business in its early stages, providing a test case in New Orleans’ growing conflict over the operation of AirBnB in residential neighborhoods as the issue moves to the City Council. Continue reading »

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Nov 132017
 

The Liege Waffle from Cloud 9 Bistro, now open on Magazine Street in the Irish Channel. (via cloudninenola.com)

Cloud 9 Bistro is in the building at 3138 Magazine between Harmony and Ninth Streets. (image via cloudninenola.com)

A new brunch spot specializing in Belgian waffles called “Cloud 9 Bistro” has opened on Magazine Street in the Irish Channel, its owner said. Continue reading »

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Nov 132017
 

The Oak Street Poboy Festival took place on Oak Street Uptown on Sunday, November 12, 2017. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The 11th Annual Po-Boy Festival was held Saturday on Oak Street, featuring four stages, 14 musical groups and 30 different vendors, and two Uptown establishments — newcomer Simone’s Market and mainstay Vincent’s Italian Cuisine — were named among the best of the festival.

Oysters being prepared for the oyster rockefeller po-boy chargrilled oysters topped with Oceana’s rockefeller sauce from Oceana Grill. The Oak Street Po-boy Festival took place on Oak Street Uptown on Sunday, November 12, 2017. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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Oct 312017
 

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

Despite concerns from Garden District and Irish Channel neighborhood activists about a proliferation of national fast-food restaurants on Magazine Street, Chipotle has won tentative approval from city planners for its first location in New Orleans as it heads to City Council for a final decision. Continue reading »

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.

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Oct 202017
 

Saffron NOLA: Tikki Trio of beet, pea pate, and vegetable potato cakes (photo by Katherine Kimball, katkimballphoto.com)

It’s been two months since its grand opening on Magazine Street, and the renown Gretna pop-up officially has a permanent home in New Orleans.

Saffron NOLA is finally Uptown; better yet, it’s now open five nights a week and still offering craft cocktails, now with a Happy Hour and Sunday brunch. Continue reading »

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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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