Sep 202018

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)

Union Ramen has received the final approval it needed in order to open inside the large Magazine Street building that formerly housed Jim Russell Rare Records. Continue reading »

Sep 152018
Gabrielle’s Seared Duck Liver and Caramelized Onions

Gabrielle’s Seared Duck Liver and Caramelized Onions on Cinnamon Toast with Cherry Jam (photo credit Gabbie Sonnier)

New Orleans’ Restaurant Week has only two days and nights left to enjoy. September is one of the slowest months of the year for restaurateurs, but it’s an excellent opportunity for locals to experience new chefs and new menus from old favorites.

Celebrating its eighth year, Restaurant Week New Orleans offers a line-up of restaurants with innovative menus at discounted prices. The week, a brainchild of the Louisiana Restaurant Association in partnership with New Orleans & Company, runs through Sunday, September 16. Continue reading »

Sep 042018

New Orleans is known for many signature drinks, including the grasshopper, Sazerac, and Roffignac. All of these drinks are delicious cocktails any visitor should try during their stay in New Orleans, but there is a lesser-known city-wide love and appreciation for local brews.

There are a growing number of breweries in New Orleans, and Louisiana IPAs are widely available throughout the city. You can pick up beers to go, or choose a place to linger and try quite a few. Whatever you’re in the mood for, you’ll want to get to know the best breweries in New Orleans.

To get a sense of what to expect at these New Orleans breweries and plan your own brewery crawl, check out this video from La Galerie French Quarter Hotel.

La Galerie French Quarter Hotel's Best Breweries

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Aug 312018

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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 »

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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,

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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 »

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Aug 212018

A happy hour fundraiser tonight at the Eiffel Society on St. Charles Avenue will benefit two New Orleans education nonprofits, one that recruits more black male teachers to provide positive role models in the classroom, and one that promotes success in science and technology. Continue reading »

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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 »

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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 »

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Aug 102018

The building at Louisiana Avenue, photographed in December 2017. (Robert Morris,

After months of negotiations over a controversial proposal for a small ice-cream parlor on Louisiana Avenue and even a tentative vote in its favor, the New Orleans City Council voted unanimously Thursday against allowing the business — yet again demonstrating the council’s growing intolerance of short-term rentals deemed problematic by neighbors. Continue reading »

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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 »

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Aug 072018

Aaron Ackerson flips sausages on the grill for Vaucresson during the 2017 Oak Street Po-Boy Festival. (Zach Brien,

This year’s Oak Street Po-Boy Festival will take place Sunday, Nov. 11, and will continue requiring a $5 wristband for po-boy purchases under new management from the founder of the Bayou Boogaloo in Mid-City, organizers announced Tuesday.

More than 30,000 people are expected to attend, and more than 50 varieties of po-boys will be available. For more information, see the full event announcement from the Oak Street merchants’ association: Continue reading »

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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 »

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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 »

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Jul 212018

LemonShark Poke’s new Magazine Street location shows off its offerings on a daily basis on social media. (via Facebook)

Lemonshark Poke on Magazine Street will join the sushi-bowl craze this week; a new restaurant called Masterp1ece has moved into the Little Tokyo space on South Carrollton, and Saffron has expanded its offerings to lunch. Continue reading »

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