Aug 132012

Owen Courreges

Thankfully, mercifully, live music has returned to Circle Bar.  As I noted in last week’s column, the Circle Bar was among the most noteworthy establishments caught up in Mayor Landrieu’s senseless crackdown on live music venues, typically bars that have been operating for several years or more with live music and no complaints.

Apparently, Circle Bar had allowed its permit to lapse in 2004, and was rebuffed when it initially reapplied.  After some wrangling with the city and a very brief blackout, Circle Bar has received its permit and live music has resumed. Continue reading »

Aug 112012

Craig Giesecke

While our inadvertent Era Of Austerity extends longer than expected, we’ve been scouring our local grocery emporiums for the best deals possible on stuff we can extend as long as possible. We’re finding a fair amount of success and, with three chefs in the house, it always manages to turn out pretty well. Continue reading »

Aug 102012

Matthew Chuey, a Loyola student killed in a car crash July 26, was remembered by family and friends on campus Friday morning. (Robert Morris,

With memory after memory Friday morning, laughter broke through the tears of nearly 100 mourning members of the Loyola University community as they remembered a carefree student, fiercely devoted to his loved ones, whose life was cut unexpectedly short last month in a fatal crash on St. Charles Avenue.

“Look around. Look at your friends,” said Andy Scott at a memorial service for 23-year-old Matthew Chuey. “How many did Chuey introduce you to? Everyone loved him. He made friends everywhere that he went.” Continue reading »

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Aug 102012

A worker from the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans hands up a file he used to clean a broken water main under Adams Street before applying a steel clamp to it to seal the hole. (Robert Morris,

Seated on milk crates on the Adams Street sidewalk, Maple Street Patisserie owner Ziggy Cichowski and Babylon Cafe owner Alexander Sakla cheered on the arrival of large yellow Sewerage and Water Board trucks around noon Friday, even as water along the stretch was being shut off in preparation of repairs to leaks gushing in the street.

“Faster, faster!” Cichowski cried out as the trucks rolled up, to laughter from a number of onlookers. Continue reading »

Aug 102012

Christy Lorio (photo by Leslie Almeida)

There’s an old joke that eventually, people start to resemble their dogs. I got a greyhound about two years ago, and while I’m still waiting to be tall and skinny like her, I’ve grown content to share personality traits with my retired athlete instead: We both like long walks, yogurt, and hogging space in the bed.   Continue reading »

Aug 102012

Kakkoii Japanese Bistreaux on Maple Street hopes to open later this month, now that it has won approval to sell alcohol with meals. (Robert Morris,

A new Japanese bistro is looking forward to opening later this month on Maple Street after winning City Council’s enthusiastic approval Thursday for its transformation of a previously problematic college bar.

Kakkoii Japanese Bistreaux, in the building at the corner of Hillary Street that was formerly the Doors bar, will offer a traditional Japanese menu of sushi, sashimi and hot dishes, said Toan Tran, one of its owners. The name is a Japanese term for something “awesome” or “cool,” he said. Continue reading »

Aug 092012

A New Orleans Police officer looks at the largest of the cracks on Adams Street flooding it and nearby Maple Street on Thursday afternoon. (Robert Morris,

Well after the rain cleared on Thursday afternoon, a group of gushing leaks erupted from a series of cracks in the pavement on Adams Street, sending streams of water pouring over the pavement just a few feet away from a busy commercial stretch of Maple Street. Continue reading »

Aug 092012

A rendering of the proposed Tulane stadium. (via

Parking, drainage, noise and litter — the same issues that dominated a series of town hall meetings about the proposed Tulane Stadium hosted by the university — remain major concerns with unanswered aspects for some neighbors of the proposed project, leading some to call for the creation of a permanent venue for the university to hear neighborhood issues. Continue reading »

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Aug 092012

The yellow-stucco mansion at the corner of Valence Street and St. Charles Avenue is the subject of a demolition request by Baton Rouge-based Crescent Road LLC, scheduled to be heard at 2 p.m. Aug. 20 by the Neighborhood Conservation District Committee, according to Karen Gadbois on her “Squandered Heritage” blog at The Lens.

Aug 092012

Jean-Paul Villere

Some shipping companies make no mistakes.  Just so you know.  With such a bold statement that is in fact true (just ask), you would think the-shipper-that-could might add that to their huffy and overly confident, chin up repertoire.  Alas, they do not.  As consumers we are told they really adore systemization, that their quickness may be akin to a well-oiled operation and most directly how best can we serve you (which if this were a real question, then I might never shut up).  I say let’s start with making a quick end to the empty apologies for poor service and paying for my next shipment.  That’s how best you can serve me. Continue reading »

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Aug 092012

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Today is Allan’s birthday and he has spent much of it reminiscing about the revolutionary changes in the world of gathering and disseminating news since he began his career as a cub reporter at the old States-Item in 1963.

In those days, the Times-Picayune building was an old wooden firetrap on North Street, facing toward Lafayette Square and away from Poydras Street, which hadn’t yet become an important avenue. Adjacent to the newspaper offices on St. Charles Avenue was Gallier Hall, which housed a city government that was soon to move to new quarters on Loyola Avenue. The most popular restaurant in the neighborhood was Marble Hall, located on Lafayette Street adjacent to Gallier Hall. Continue reading »

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Aug 082012

With a dramatically larger student body expected when school begins Aug. 20, Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans is putting the finishing touches on its new campus, particular with regard to its food service.

Meanwhile, as the school board seeks to create a stable governing structure over the coming year, its members appointed three long-time advisers to the school to join them on the board for a year. Continue reading »