Jun 162016
 
Ellen and Darryl Cortello stand behind a counter made of salvaged wood at Luca Eats. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Ellen and Darryl Cortello stand behind a counter made of salvaged wood at Luca Eats. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

After more than three decades operating restaurants in New Orleans, Darryl Cortello knew exactly what he wanted from his next endeavor — something small — so the closed little restaurant on Cohn Street in Carrollton stood out as a perfect match.

“I love the space. I love small,” Cortello said Thursday afternoon, his third day open for lunch at Luca Eats. “We wanted to keep the menu really, really small, and do it really, really well.”

Luca Eats operates in the renovated building that formerly housed Roman Pizza at 7329 Cohn Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Luca Eats operates in the renovated building that formerly housed Roman Pizza at 7329 Cohn Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Jun 162016
 
City Councilman Jason Williams rides the Krewe of Freret parade on Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

City Councilman Jason Williams rides the Krewe of Freret parade on Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The courtyard of Dat Dog on Freret Street will be named the official gathering place for the Krewe of Freret in a dedication ceremony today that will also serve as a membership drive for the krewe and a fundraiser for the Son of a Saint organization. Continue reading »

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Jun 162016
 

Robbery at Short and Burthe streets. The shooting in the 8400 block of Cohn did not appear on crime maps Thursday morning. (map via NOPD)

Robbery at Short and Burthe streets. The shooting in the 8400 block of Cohn did not appear on crime maps Thursday morning. (map via NOPD)

A man in his 50s was injured by crossfire Wednesday night in a shooting outside a home on Cohn Street, and another man was robbed at gunpoint on Short Street just off Carrollton Avenue a few hours later, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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Jun 152016
 
Harold Baquet (courtesy of Loyola University)

Harold Baquet (courtesy of Loyola University)

The Historic New Orleans Collection (THNOC) announced that the archive of photographer Harold F. Baquet (1958–2015) will be permanently housed at their Williams Research Center. The announcement was made with the support of Cheron Brylski, Baquet’s widow, who has retained the archive since his death one year ago on June 18, 2015. The acquisition was approved Tuesday, May 10.

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Jun 152016
 

Hillary Barq speaks to the City Planning Commission on Tuesday, June 14. (via City of New Orleans)

Hillary Barq speaks to the City Planning Commission on Tuesday, June 14. (via City of New Orleans)

A request to sell packaged wine and liquor alongside sandwiches, ice cream and other sweets at proposed shop on Magazine Street in the Lower Garden District was narrowly rejected by the City Planning Commission on Tuesday amid commissioners’ confusion about the proposed concept for the business and debate about its relationship with neighbors.

In an unrelated request, however, a once-controversial request to sell single beers at a corner store on Freret Street easily received a positive recommendation from the City Planning Commission without any opposition. Continue reading »

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Jun 152016
 

Parkway Pakery, Tracey’s Bar, and other local po-boy shops will host a Po-Boy Street Party to support the recovery of Guy’s Po-Boys after two fires and a car crash (see Magazine Street crash sends truck into Guy’s Po-Boys). The party will take place on Saturday, June 18 at Guy’s, located at 5259 Magazine Street, from 12 to 4 p.m.

(via facebook.com/events/1535733450069608/)

(via facebook.com/events/1535733450069608/)

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Jun 152016
 

CarbineMotorcarslogo (2)At Carbine Motors, we take the hassle out of your automobile purchase. We help car shoppers find what they’re looking for. Our inventory changes on a daily basis, so let us know what you like!

We’re not salesman. We’re car people with an interest in getting locals like you to drive the cars best suited for your needs. Please let us know your needs, or just stop by to talk and browse our inventory.

See some of the cars on the showroom floor below

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Jun 152016
 

The City of New Orleans will host a community listening session on Wednesday, June 15 to launch #EquityNewOrleans, a citywide initiative to assess the role of equity in City government. The session will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at Ashé Powerhouse Theater, located at 1731 Baronne Street. Continue reading »

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Jun 142016
 
(vis StayLocal!)

(via StayLocal)

StayLocal, Greater New Orleans’ independent business alliance, will host NOLA Know-How, an event to showcase business-to-business (B2B) companies. The free event takes place on Thursday, June 16 at the People’s Health New Orleans Jazz Market and will feature TED-style talks by local business thought leaders based on the theme “Survival of the Fittest”.

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Jun 142016
 
Gisele Cosma, Owner of Rye Clothing

Gisele Cosma, Owner of Rye Clothing

The Shopkeeper Stories series shares the vision and personality of New Orleans business owners. We hope you are inspired and continue to shop small and shop local—even if it takes a little extra time!

Greater New Orleans’ citizens are arguably the most flexible people in the country. We take turns with our fellow drivers on narrow cobblestone streets, we know the secret route to get to our house during parade season, and boil water advisories keep us on our toes. These are just a few quirks that make us curious to outsiders and unite us as New Orleanians.

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Jun 132016
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

“These modern verandahs . . . afford a perfect shelter from the sun and weather, to passers by the front of the houses to which they are attached. In sultry climates, the necessity of shade from the sun, to health, and comfort, has universally introduced the custom of balconies or verandahs; which in this respect, are equally beneficial to the inmates of the houses, and to wayfarers.”

Durant v. Riddell, 12 La. Ann. 746, 747 (La. 1857)

“It is a matter of public and judicial history that galleries, or ‘verandas,’ as they are also called, have been sanctioned by usage in New Orleans almost from time immemorial.”

Lambert v. American Box Co., 144 La. 604, 611 (La. 1919).

An iconic feature of New Orleans architecture, particularly in the French Quarter and present on most historic commercial strips, is the wrap-around, double-balcony – also called a “gallery” or “veranda” – that extends over the sidewalk. They serve not only as an attractive architectural element and to provide outdoor space for the owners of homes and commercial buildings, but they also shield passers-by on the sidewalk from the elements, thereby providing a public good. Continue reading »

Jun 102016
 
Fresh Herbs and Produce from Two Acre Farms (Kristine Froeba)

Fresh Herbs and Produce from Two Acre Farms. Last week’s haul. Pre-picked is also available. (Kristine Froeba)

When perusing menus and speaking to chefs, “locally sourced,” “farm-to-table,” and “seasonal greens” are the phrases most oft repeated. The current widespread movement of farm-to-table is replacing the larger food suppliers with a more personal experience. Chefs know the farmers. There is a running dialogue of what will be ripe in two weeks. The food is fresher. The flavors are more intense. Menus are dependent on the seasons and the day’s harvest. Continue reading »

Jun 102016
 
(via audubonnatureinstitute.org/zoovie)

(via audubonnatureinstitute.org/zoovie)

Audubon Zoo will host Dinner and a ZOOvie, a weekly series featuring a family-friendly movie and food trucks inside the Zoo.

The featured movie for Friday, June 10 (tonight) is “Inside Out”, while Ironsides, Burgers Ya Heard, and La Concinita will be the food trucks. Continue reading »

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