Dec 062019
 

Milton and Allyson Hernandez, with Benji, stand in front of a vintage cooler that will be used to store wine. (Sue Strachan, Uptown Messenger)

By Sue Strachan, Uptown Messenger 

For Allyson and Milton Hernandez, the dream of opening a wine shop just off Oak Street started fermenting back in June.

“We live in the neighborhood and didn’t see anything like it,” said Milton Hernandez, with Allyson Hernandez adding: “We thought ‘why not us.’” Continue reading »

Dec 052019
 

Shoppers at the Rouses on Tchoupitoulas Street are met with a mountain of 112,000 avocados in the produce department Wednesday. (Nicholas Reimann, Uptown Messenger)

By Nicholas Reimann, Uptown Messenger

The world record for the largest display of a Mexican fruit has been set by a Thibodaux-based grocery chain’s Uptown store on Tchoupitoulas Street.

If that sounds strange, here’s another way of saying it — Rouses shipped in 112,000 avocados, and put every single one on display. Continue reading »

Nov 052019
 

The annual Propeller Pop! fundraising event, featuring popup restaurants and more, returns this Wednesday, Nov. 6. (Propeller Pop! 2018 by Claire Bangser)

According to Propeller: A Force For Social Innovation, the nonprofit has accelerated over 215 entrepreneurs since 2011, and their ventures have created more than 485 jobs and generated over $112 million in revenue and financing.

Propeller will host its annual gala and celebrate social entrepreneurs and innovation in New Orleans this Wednesday, Nov. 6. Continue reading »

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Oct 162019
 

The Coast Roast Coffee Shop will be a new addition to the East Riverside area of Magazine Street. (Courtesy of Coast Roast Coffee)

Coast Roast Coffee Shops is opening a new, stand-alone location Uptown on Magazine Street. The shop is ready for a Friday, Oct. 18, opening, owner Kevin Pedeaux said.

The Coast Roast brand has been served for the past decade in businesses around town, and from its coffee shops in two of the city’s markets. Continue reading »

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Oct 092019
 

Nicole Eiden and Marielle Dupré of Windowsill Pies will soon be able to set up their windowsill in their own cafe. (Stephen Binns, courtesy of Windowsill Pies)

A new addition will soon join the mix of restaurants along Freret Street. This one will offer all-natural handmade pies, both sweet and savory. Continue reading »

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Oct 082019
 

Molly’s Rise and Shine sits at the corner of one of the few residential blocks on Magazine Street. (via City Planning Commission)

Molly’s Rise and Shine, the quirky Magazine Street breakfast spot run by one of the city’s rising culinary stars, appeared to be on its way to getting a liquor license approved Thursday. It had the backing of the City Planning Commission as well as a crowd of enthusiastic supporters, who packed the Council Chambers for a hearing and City Council vote. Continue reading »

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Oct 062019
 

Parasol’s Bar is the center of the legendary St. Patrick’s Day block party. (Uptown Messenger file photo)

Parasol’s Restaurant & Bar, the classic Irish Channel gathering place, is serving drinks again, at least on weekends for now, under new ownership, Ian McNulty reports on NOLA. com. Continue reading »

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Oct 022019
 

Superior Seafood, known for its oyster happy hour and its prime parade-viewing spot, was cited by the Department of Labor for sloppy bookkeeping and failure to properly pay overtime. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Two popular Uptown restaurants have come under fire by the U.S. Department of Labor in the past week, resulting in financial penalties. Continue reading »

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Oct 012019
 
Sonya Brown of NOLA Vegan Café

Sonya Brown, chef at NOLA Vegan Café, at work in her kitchen. (Tyree Worthy, UptownMessenger.com)

At the corner of Leonidas and Spruce sits the Community Commitment Education Center, a public space for neighborhood engagement, summer programs for children, and now a plant-based restaurant. Formerly Stella’s Coffee House, the kitchen space at 1923 Leonidas St. is now officially home to NOLA Vegan Café, which opens today, Oct. 1.

The café is the work of Uptown’s Sonya Brown, a social worker and chef known for her vegan popups. Earlier this year, she met Nicole Bouie, CEO and director of the center, who also has a social work background. Continue reading »

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Sep 172019
 

Happy Raptor co-founders Meagen Moreland-Taliancich, Mark Taliancich and Peter Rivera are converting a Central City storage facility into a micro-distillery and tasting room. (courtesy of Happy Raptor Distilling)

Happy Raptor Distilling plans to start producing its signature line of craft spirits, 504Rum, this fall in Central City.

Once the site of a graffiti-covered storage facility, the distillery’s location at 1512 Robert C. Blakes Sr. Drive (a two-block stretch of Carondelet Street) is nestled in a high-traffic but often overlooked area. The micro-distillery will feature a 2,000-square-foot production space and tasting room with an adjacent back patio. Continue reading »

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Sep 162019
 

A rendering of El Cucuy New Orleans, now under construction on Tchoupitoulas Street in the Irish Channel. (El Cucuy New Orleans via Facebook)

A heavy metal and South American folklore-themed taco restaurant and bar — specializing in trompo al pastor tacos, homemade tortillas and algave spirits — is coming to the Irish Channel,  Eater NOLA reports. Continue reading »

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Sep 162019
 

Renovation work in progress at the old Freret Service Center seen on Friday, Sept. 13. Plans call for turning the former gas station into a restaurant with a large outdoor seating area. (Nicholas Reimann, Uptown Messenger)

By Nicholas Reimann, Uptown Messenger

After sitting unused for more than four years, the prime corner that used to be home to the Freret Service Center in the heart of the Freret corridor may be the latest addition to the area’s restaurant scene — complete with a full bar and large patio dining area. Continue reading »

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Sep 092019
 

Faubourg Wine Shop is pursuing a second location at 4601 Dryades St. in the space currently occupied by Polite Society, which is moving to Magazine Street.   (via Google Maps)

The owner of Faubourg Wine Shop in the Marigny has been looking for a second location, and she may have found it Uptown on a Dryades Street corner.

Wine shop proprietor Catherine James said she likes the largely residential nature of the spot at 4601 Dryades, between Napoleon and Jefferson avenues. “The type of store that I run is a community store,” said James, who has been holding neighborhood meetings to gauge the response to the store, a requirement of the City Planning Commission’s approval process. Continue reading »

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Sep 062019
 

The former drugstore on Carrollton Avenue and Oak Street. The Canseco family is planning changes to the building’s facade. (via Google Maps)

By Emily Carmichael, Uptown Messenger

Canseco’s Market is coming to Carrollton Avenue and Oak Street and, if last night’s neighborhood meeting is any indication, the area’s residents are excited.

Necessitated by the zoning districts it will operate in, the grocery store held the Neighborhood Participation Project meeting to seek two separate conditional use approvals: the ability to sell alcohol and tobacco, and the ability to operate between 5,000 and 10,000 square feet of sales space. Continue reading »

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