Mar 242017
 

Verret’s Lounge at 1738 Washington Avenue, photographed in April 2016 (via Google)

Joanne Close, shown in her presentation to the Alcohol Control Board last month, wants to buy Verret’s Lounge from its current owner. (via City of New Orleans)

Verret’s Lounge on Washington Avenue may be in line for a new proprietor with a new wine-oriented focus, but first its owners are asking the city to release the establishment from a requirement for a security guard put in place after a man was fatally shot inside the bar last year. Continue reading »

Mar 212017
 

A limousine pulls up to the Il Mercato venue for an event in late October 2016. The venue offers valet parking, but says very few patrons use it because they arrive in for-hire cars. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

With for-hire cars like Uber and Lyft becoming the predominant mode of transportation for their customers, Il Mercato event venue on Magazine Street plans to dramatically reduce the amount of valet parking it provides based on a new agreement with its neighbors. Continue reading »

Mar 182017
 

No Flying Monkeys

BBQ Amber Beer and Rosemary Shrimp and Grits (Kristine Froeba)

Mid-City’s favorite breakfast and brunch spot, The Ruby Slipper, is now firmly ensconced in the Garden District.

Fans of Bacon-Infused Vodka Bloody Marys and Hollandaise topped Apple-Braised Pork Debris on Buttermilk Biscuits have a new place to add to their brunch queue. That particular Benedict, one of many, is the Eggs Cochon. Continue reading »

Mar 162017
 

This Friday, Tracey’s Original Irish Channel Bar celebrates with the St. Patrick’s Day Block Party. The annual Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day Celebration begins at 10 am on the corner of Third and Magazine Streets. Tracey’s serves up its World Famous Roast Beef Po-Boys along with corned beef and cabbage and, of course, green beer! Continue reading »

Mar 062017
 

(via Marché Creole Community Market)

After several weeks off, Marche Créole Community Market will host its Grand Reopening on Sunday, March 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. outside the ArtEgg Studios, located at 1001 S. Broad Street.

To celebrate the market’s reopening, the Heritage Foundation for Arts and Cultural Sustainability will sponsor a complimentary Whole Pit Roasted Alligator which will be over five feet long and filled with a creole seafood stuffing.

See the full story at Mid-CityMessenger here.

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Mar 032017
 

Twice-Baked French Toast with Berry Compote, Whipped Cream and Maple Syrup (Kristine Froeba)

Mid-City’s successful Gracious Bakery has opened a second full-service location, Gracious on the Avenue. Pastry Chef Megan Forman has brought her pastries, brunch, and luncheon selections Uptown—the Garden District to be exact.

Uptown is always ready for a new breakfast spot. Continue reading »

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Mar 022017
 

The Rotary Club of Mid-City New Orleans will celebrate their annual International Women’s Day – New Orleans with a brunch at Propeller, located 4035 Washington Ave. The event, themed “Be Bold For Change”, takes place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 4, and will feature three woman presenters, local entertainers, and brunch catered by local women-owned businesses.

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Feb 232017
 

Green Tea owner Yung Lau pauses from final touches on the new building’s interior. The restaurant opens Friday at the corner of Napoleon and Louisiana. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Green Tea restaurant’s new building overlooks the corner of Napoleon and South Claiborne. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Two years ago, Yung Lau could scarcely believe that his Green Tea restaurant at the edge of the Garden District was about to be displaced by a national pharmacy chain in a city as in love with mom-and-pop eateries as New Orleans.

The CVS did indeed move in, but on Friday, Lau will reopen Green Tea in a brand-new building that is being hailed as another landmark in the continuing redevelopment of another major Uptown corridor, South Claiborne Avenue. Continue reading »

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Feb 222017
 

The former firehouse at Annunciation and Terpsichore is proposed to become the “Gris Gris Social Club.” (image via City of New Orleans)

Since he first discovered how New Orleans’ social aid and pleasure clubs exist in the city through zoning laws six years ago, Uptown resident and documentary film maker Trent Robinson has been trying to figure out how to create one of his own.

He may finally have his chance, he told members of the Coliseum Square Association on Monday night. He’s applied for a license to run the newly-envisioned Gris Gris Social Club out of an old firehouse, located on 907 Terpsichore Street in the Lower Garden District. Continue reading »

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Feb 062017
 

Homemade cinnamon filled King Cake, before and after decoration, by Houston pastry chef Ligny Hunter (photos Ligny Hunter).

This is the year of the homemade King Cake.

Locals are trying their hand at baking the glittery tradition at home for Mardi Gras. Many of our best chefs are also sharing homemade King Cakes and their recipes with a lucky few. These are not restaurant recipes; this is what is served on their own tables. Recipes can be original, complicated, easy, or from known cookbooks. The doughs may be dissimilar, but the toppings are always a dusting of sparkling purple, green, and gold. Continue reading »

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Feb 032017
 

Uptown residents are rallying to support a Magazine Street restaurant destroyed by fire Sunday that is under investigation as an arson, amid fears that the owner’s Iranian heritage may have been the motive. Continue reading »

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Feb 012017
 

The interior of the Ruby Slipper Cafe’s new location on Magazine Street. (via The Ruby Slipper Cafe – Uptown on Facebook)

The newest location of the Ruby Slipper Cafe opened Wednesday morning on Magazine Street in the Irish Channel, its owners announced today. Continue reading »

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Jan 312017
 

Gracious Bakery’s location on St. Charles Avenue opens Wednesday. (via Gracious Bakery on Facebook)

Gracious Bakery + Cafe on St. Charles Avenue — the expansion from Broadmoor’s Gracious Bakery into the former location of The Grocery — will open Wednesday with a 20-percent discount on all baked goods, the business announced. Continue reading »

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