Nov 202012
 

The Daiquiri Place Cafe (via Google Maps)

The Daiquiri Place Cafe has long brought too much litter, traffic and noise to St. Charles Avenue with little respect for neighboring businesses, and has made little effort to keep promises made five years ago to clean up its act, officials said Tuesday in a nuisance hearing before the city’s Alcohol Beverage Control Board.

The daiquiri shop’s owner blamed the problems in part on a restaurant in the next block and on the unruly crowds of “second liners” themselves, but his arguments did little to sway the the commissioners, who voted unanimously to revoke his liquor license.

“This is intolerable,” said commissioner Robert Jenkins of conditions created by the bar. “This is horrible.” Continue reading »

Nov 202012
 

Craig Giesecke

All of us who go out to eat, be it high-brow or to a dive, are highly concerned about the atmosphere of where we go. All of us have been into place where the décor, the music and the other things Just Aren’t Right to match the food, and it seriously takes away from what might otherwise be a very enjoyable meal. Continue reading »

Nov 192012
 

A proposed change to city law that would allow gas stations on Tchoupitoulas Street in the Lower Garden District failed to find support Monday evening among members of the Coliseum Square Association, but the Sterling Express fresh-food store planned for one intersection there will press forward with its opening whether its fuel pumps are approved by the City Council or not, developers told the group. Continue reading »

Nov 192012
 

The operators of the John J. Hainkel Jr. Home and Rehab Center on Henry Clay Avenue are waiting on a federal judge’s decision as to whether the state Department of Health and Hospitals can revoke its nursing home license, as it had planned to do Nov. 10, reports Gambit’s Jeremy Alford. State officials point to a string of citations at the facility for what Alford describes as “relatively minor deficiencies” over the last year, but Alford looks at the $4.8 million annual Medicaid-revenue stream the state could possibly tap into for putting the 85 patients elsewhere.

Nov 192012
 

The new owner of Jazz Daiquiris — the popular South Claiborne Avenue second-line stop and nightclub where reputed Central City crime lord Telly Hankton killed Darnell Stewart in 2008 and where his lieutenant, Walter Porter, allegedly killed Curtis Matthews, the former owner’s brother, last year — is “suing the city for denying an alcohol permit,” reports The Louisiana Record. Jeffrey Thomas and attorney Ed Washington argue that the alcohol permit should have followed with the sale of the property, the report states.

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Nov 192012
 

A drawing of the proposed Sterling Express building on Tchoupitoulas submitted to the City Planning Commission.

A proposal to allow two fueling bays for large trucks at an upcoming Sterling Express location on Tchoupitoulas will be discussed by the Coliseum Square Association tonight (Monday, Nov. 19). Continue reading »

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Nov 192012
 

(Cartoon by Owen Courreges for UptownMessenger.com)

Owen Courreges

The Pontchartrain Expressway homeless encampment is no more.  This past Friday morning, police swept the remaining homeless people from the encampment in the underpass that separates the Central Business District from Uptown New Orleans.  The number of persons removed was 55 persons by the city’s count, but closer to 100 according to the New Orleans Mission, which adjoins the expressway.  By either count, it was a significant encampment. Continue reading »

Nov 182012
 

Crowds of festival goers pack Oak Street for the 2012 Po-Boy Fest on Sunday afternoon, as seen from the balcony of Mellow Mushroom near Dublin Street. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

The Oak Street Po-Boy Festival runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, drawing enthusiasts of New Orleans’ signature sandwich of all kinds to celebrate the magic that can be made between two pieces of French bread.

See below for live coverage, photos and comments from the festival.

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Nov 182012
 

The Soul Rebels perform a mid-afternoon set Saturday at the Fourth Annual Magazine Street Blues Festival, which organizers said had a record turnout. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Perfect weather, a strong music lineup and an ideal location at one of the most prominent intersections in Uptown New Orleans combined Saturday to draw what by all accounts was the largest crowd yet for the Magazine Street Blues Festival. Continue reading »

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Nov 172012
 

Construction equipment stands ready Saturday morning at Audubon Charter School’s Broadway campus. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Nearly a year after Audubon Charter students moved out of their Broadway Street campus in preparation for a major renovation and expansion project there, major construction efforts will begin there Monday and end in time for students to return in the fall of 2014, officials say. Continue reading »

Nov 162012
 

When the Master Plan for distributing a $2 billion FEMA payment for school rebuilding was approved last year, officials hailed it as a panacea of sorts that would ensure every Orleans Parish student is at least in a building that is “warm, safe and dry.”

Now, school leaders are unsure the money will even go that far.

“Unless construction is under way, every project might see some cuts,” said Orleans Parish School Board member Lourdes Moran. “The Master Plan has to be reopened.” Continue reading »

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Nov 162012
 

Christy Lorio (photo by Leslie Almeida)

No matter how quick and accessible digital publications are, a good ol’ fashioned  IRL (netspeak for In Real Life) book fair is far more inspiring than a Google search for new reading material. Get out from behind your iPads and Kindles and take an afternoon to explore The New Orleans Bookfair and Media Expo, held this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 725 Magazine St in the CBD. Continue reading »

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Nov 152012
 

By Dana Kaplan

Elections are about choices and about the path voters determine is best for their community. This is true on a national level and on a local level. On November 6, voters in District B chose two people to compete in the runoff to be their councilperson. I am honored to be one of those candidates.

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Nov 152012
 

Bricolage Academy, the new proposed charter school that aims to offer an innovation-based curriculum to a diverse student base, received an enthusiastic recommendation for approval Thursday before an Orleans Parish School Board committee.

After review by the National Association by Charter School Authorizers, the application from Bricolage was found to be “outstanding,” said OPSB Deputy Superintendent Kathleen Padian. Continue reading »

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