Jul 282015
 
Attendees of the Maple Street Dishcrawl in July 2014 sample the fare at Little Tokyo, a Japanese restaurant in a space occupied by a college bar just a few years ago. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Zach Brien)

Attendees of the Maple Street Dishcrawl in July 2014 sample the fare at Little Tokyo, a Japanese restaurant in a space occupied by a college bar just a few years ago. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Zach Brien)

Whether you call it a “crackdown” or a “cleanup,” there is no doubt that Maple Street has changed dramatically over the last five years amid intense scrutiny by New Orleans city officials.

Now, a debate over whether the City Council should continue to have oversight over whether new restaurants on Maple Street are allowed to sell alcohol has split the neighborhood association and local businesses, with residents on both sides.

Is the City Council’s traditional role as a gatekeeper for alcohol sales at restaurants a crucial element of the new peace on Maple Street, or does it give neighborhoods and their elected officials too much influence over which businesses can open? Continue reading »

Jul 062015
 
Tents sit in front of St. Henry's Catholic Church at the 22nd Annual Feast of St. Henry Mass and Reunion. Live entertainment,  beer, food, and snowballs were all free at the event. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Tents sit in front of St. Henry’s Catholic Church at the 22nd Annual Feast of St. Henry Mass and Reunion. Live entertainment, beer, food, and snowballs were all free at the event. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

St. Henry’s Church will follow an anniversary mass with a reunion block party this Saturday night, July 11. The event is free and open to the public and will feature drinks, food, and live music by the J. Monque’D Blues Band, as well as other special guests. Continue reading »

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Apr 102015
 
Chef Antonino "Nino" Bongiorno and his son, Giuseppe, behind the counter at Cafe Nino. The restaurant will close May 31. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Chef Antonino “Nino” Bongiorno and his son, Giuseppe, behind the counter at Cafe Nino. The restaurant will close May 31. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

After 18 years in an assuming little building on South Carrollton Avenue, chef “Nino” Bongiorno plans to close his doors there for the final time at the end of next month.

“Everyone knows me, and everyone cries,” Bongiorno said of word about his plans to close getting out. But fans of Nino’s chicken marsala and red wine still have reason to dry their eyes — Bongiorno said that after a short break, he plans to currently seek a new location in the Warehouse District or possibly Freret Street. Continue reading »

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Mar 182015
 

3rd Annual Jazzin' on Jackson benefit

The Mercy Endeavors Senior Center will host their 3rd annual “Jazzin’ on Jackson” benefit Thursday evening at St. Alphonsus Art and Cultural Center. The gala will feature live music by Philip Manuel and special guests, food from local restaurants, and a silent auction. Funds from Jazzin’ on Jackson will go toward providing programs and services for the seniors of Mercy Endeavors Senior Center. Continue reading »

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Mar 172015
 
O'Henry's on South Carrollton. (March 2014 photo by Google Maps)

O’Henry’s Food and Spirits on South Carrollton. (March 2014 photo by Google Maps)

O’Henry’s Food and Sprits on South Carrollton agreed to pay the city a $500 fine Tuesday after allegedly selling beer to a teenager last month, and Avery’s Place on Willow Street was warned by the city alcohol board to be on its best behavior while awaiting a hearing on noise complaints. Continue reading »

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Mar 142015
 

McClure's Barbecue on Magazine Street (via Facebook)

McClure’s Barbecue on Magazine Street (via Facebook)

McClure’s Barbecue will open another location in NOLA Brewing’s new taproom this spring; the menu of Adolfo Garcia’s new Primitivo restaurant on 1800 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard will feature what an open fire grill can cook and will open after Lent, and the former Boucherie space on 8115 Jeannette Street will open with a new restaurant called Bourrée at Boucherie. Continue reading »

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Feb 272015
 
Saveur restaurant on Magazine Street (via Facebook)

Saveur restaurant on Magazine Street (via Facebook)

Kin, a Vietnamese restaurant, will be opening on 4600 Washington Avenue in upcoming weeks; the Southern cuisine Boucherie has reopened on 1506 South Carrolton Avenue, while Danny’s No. 2 on Magazine has closed, and Baie Rouge has changed its name to Saveur Cuisine & Cocktails, according to recent reports. Continue reading »

Feb 192015
 
Carrollton Station owner Michael Miller (left) explains his experience taking his bar smoke-free during a town-hall session on the issue in July 2014. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Carrollton Station owner Michael Miller (left) explains his experience taking his bar smoke-free during a town-hall session on the issue in July 2014. Miller said at the time that many bar owners privately looked forward to a ban. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

By Lawson Box

While bar patrons have mixed feelings about the new citywide ban on smoking indoors, some university area bar owners say they are happy about the ordinance as they expect even more students to frequent local watering holes. Continue reading »