Jan 262013
 

Craig Giesecke

These days I’ve been helping some friends put together a new restaurant/bar operation in the Warehouse District. The principals involved are veterans of the local restaurant/bar scene, so there aren’t a whole lot of surprises being thrown at any of us. But, as with any new operation, there’s a lot of “one step forward, two steps back” thing when you’re waiting on construction crews to assemble the plumbing, electrical stuff and hand-mill a new bar on-site.

The most frustrating thing about putting together such a new business is all the hurry-up-and-wait stuff involved in licensing and permitting. Things are particularly messy this time of year, as health inspectors want to make sure they’re gotten around to as many places as possible before the big Carnival crowds arrive.  Throw the Super Bowl on top of it and you’ve got, well, a task more difficult than a left turn off Tulane Avenue. Continue reading »

Jan 262013
 

A home on Delachaise Street burns Friday night just off South Claiborne. (submitted photo)

A fire that began in a vacant house on Delachaise Street just off South Claiborne scorched an adjacent fourplex Friday night, destroying two families’ homes, according to a report from our partners at WWL-TV.

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Jan 252013
 

Queen Oshun XVI, Taisha Williams-Payne, rides up Napoleon Avenue on Friday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Under absolutely perfect weather, two regal parades kicked off the first major weekend of parading in New Orleans on Friday night. The Krewe of Oshun celebrated children as it held its place as the first parade of the weekend, and the Krewe of Cleopatra made their debut on the Uptown route on the fortieth anniversary of their parade.

Queen Cleopatra XL, Malinda Phillips Bertrand, smiles from her throne as her float rolls up Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Jan 252013
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Allan thought the second inaugural address by President Barack Obama was a very good reflection of what is in the President’s soul -– truculent, adversarial and not a hint of compromise. Allan also thought that the President’s advocacy of gay rights was historic, the first time gay rights have ever been mentioned in an Inaugural Address.

Danae, on the other hand, thought the speech was a flop, misdirected and mistaken in its apparent refusal to even consider compromise on any of the points that matter to the American people. Continue reading »

Jan 242013
 

“Deacon John” Moore speaks in favor of Jimmy’s Music Club before the City Council on Thursday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Impassioned arguments from supporters of Jimmy’s Music Club on Willow Street could not dissuade the New Orleans City Council from unanimously voting in favor Thursday of a moratorium on new alcohol permits in the Carrollton area, as city leaders insisted that their action does not preclude the revered Uptown venue from reopening. Continue reading »

Jan 242013
 

Barbara Jackson, a former president of the St. Thomas neighborhood, leads a protest march Wednesday through the River Gardens development. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

River Gardens residents hold signs demanding respect on the front porch of the Hope House before their march Wednesday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A group of River Garden residents took their unhappiness with the development’s leaders to the streets on Wednesday afternoon, marching several blocks with signs and chants demanding better treatment from HRI Management. Continue reading »

Jan 232013
 

The location of the home invasion reported Tuesday on St. Andrew Street. (map via NOPD.com)

Four people, including a man in his 70s, were bound with tape and robbed by intruders Tuesday morning in a Central City home, according to police reports. An armed robbery and a shooting were also reported in Gert Town this week, the reports show. Continue reading »

Jan 232013
 

A map of the proposed moratorium on new alcohol sales in Carrollton. (map by Robert Morris, via maps.google.com)

A moratorium that requires any business in the Carrollton area that wishes to serve alcohol to get specific permission from the city could continue, based on a proposal before the New Orleans City Council this week. Continue reading »

Jan 232013
 

Jean-Paul Villere

Skipping for now over the Big Game hoo-ha that’s about to consume our nation’s attention (and glossing over the ample high dollar unlicensed daily rental scofflaws at the local level), I recently gave a glance to the proposed parade routes for this Carnival and raised my right eyebrow.  The traditional upper Napoleon route (read: where Rex rolls) is apparently still going to remain in effect this season despite the massive sandbox it has become a la a Michael Bay movie.  With all the chainlink, piledriving, construction equipment, and urban setting to me it looks like what I would imagine any given day shooting Transformers 4 would look like.  (I’m looking around for Mr. LeBouef but quickly remember Mr. Wahlberg will be assuming the lead in this next excursion into pseudo-future robotic mayhem, which in and of itself is funny because the theme song to the original cartoon film released in the theater in the 80s, which I saw in said theater BTW, was covered by Marky Mark when he starred in Boogie Nights.  Digressive nerdgasm accomplished.) Continue reading »

Jan 222013
 

The Pontchartrain Hotel on St. Charles Avenue. (UptownMessenger.com)

Bartender Gary Crystal can be seen in one of the mirrors lining the walls of the Bayou Bar, where a piano that once entertained the movie stars of yesteryear now is silent underneath a classic movie channel. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A piano in a St. Charles Avenue hotel bar once frequented by the likes of Frank Sinatra may soon come back to life, following three quiet months since live music ended there amid a citywide crackdown on unpermitted live entertainment. Continue reading »

Jan 222013
 

With the lease for Morris Jeff Community School’s Poydras Street location ending at the end of the school year — but its new South Lopez Street building not expected to be ready until 2014 — the school is looking for a temporary solution next year that could include Uptown options, according to a report by Della Hasselle of the Charter School Reporting Corps at The Lens. The school may try to stay on Poydras Street for one more year, but house its youngest students at Holy Rosary Academy on Freret at Jena, or it may relocate temporarily to the James Weldon Johnson campus in west Carrollton that is currently planned to become swing space, but no decision has been made, the report states.

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