Apr 072012

“…Welcome back to the fight. And this time, I know our side will win.”
–Victor Laszlo in “Casablanca.”

Craig Giesecke

Gotta say it’s good to be back in a live kitchen again — not that where I was wasn’t a working, producing and very good one. But I mean a place where the food that’s made now is served and consumed now and the feedback is immediate. Once TBK and I shook off a little rust and learned which knobs to turn and just how hot the “medium“ settings might be, we were rolling and reveling. It is indeed good to be back, though we‘ll be in fine-tuning mode for a little while. Every place is different.

I stopped by a table toward the end of the evening to ask a couple how things were. The woman had her mouth too full to really talk, but her husband was more than happy to give me his opinion on what we “ought” to be doing to bring in a crowd. I looked around and noticed every table was full and told him to go ahead. Continue reading »

Apr 072012

Early voting starts today, Saturday, April 7. Too busy to vote because of the holiday, you say? Don’t tell Deborah Williams that: “We had a murder that really put my 84-year-old mom in shock. I didn’t know what to do. Then I called Stacy Head’s office. Within 90 minutes she was at my residence.” Continue reading »

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Apr 062012

The Original Pigeon Town Steppers dance through the streets during their annual Easter Sunday second line in 2011. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

The Pigeontown Steppers’ annual Easter Sunday second line starts at 1 p.m. near the corner of Louisiana and Claiborne avenues, rolls around Broadmoor on Toledano, Washington and Earhart before passing through several neighborhoods around Carrollton Avenue — including a stop late in the afternoon at the Maple Leaf on Oak Street. Music will be provided by the Stooges Brass Band. Continue reading »

Apr 062012

Investigators count shell casings in the street after a deadly shooting Thursday evening in the 3800 block of Annunciation. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A 30-year-old man was fatally shot Thursday evening on a short stretch of Annunciation Street where deadly violence has become a regular fact of life over the last year, in spite of residents’ repeated pleas for help. Continue reading »

Apr 052012

Lucas Diaz (via NOPD)

Luis Diaz, who was wanted on a robbery charge after his alleged attempt to pass a counterfeit bill at Elio’s Wine Warehouse last month led to an employee there firing on his getaway car, was attempting to evade arrest in Plaquemines Parish on March 30 when he was shot by a deputy as he attempted to drive through a roadblock, our partners at WWL reported. Diaz was treated for a gunshot wound to the shoulder and charged with attempted murder of the officer, and Melissa Lewis, accused of driving him in the Elio’s incident, was charged as a fugitive.

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Apr 052012

Crowds gather at the 2011 Freret Street Festival. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

Featuring four stages of live music, more than 200 vendors, valet parking for your bike and alligators for your kids, the Freret Street Festival will span six blocks Saturday afternoon with the reborn commercial corridor’s irreverent take on festival season. Continue reading »

Apr 052012

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser wants to build an airfield and marina near the mouth of the Mississippi River to lure wealthy boat owners to South Louisiana where they can take advantage of access to some of the world’s best fishing opportunities. Continue reading »

Apr 042012

(photo by Jean-Paul Villere for UptownMessenger.com)

As we warm into spring and the real estate market heats up, I’ve been reflecting on some recent conversations with buyers, sellers, and lessees.  Among the topics covered include agency, deposits, pricing, and on.  Not surprisingly there are more than a few misconceptions in navigating the world of real estate, so please embrace the following 10 myths as a sort of primary guide. Continue reading »

Apr 032012

Members of the Audubon Riverside Neighborhood Association relax after their annual Easter egg hunt Sunday at Alma Peters Park. The association is considering ways to upgrade the park. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

With a nest egg of unspent membership dues built up over the years, the Audubon Riverside Neighborhood Association has begun discussing possible projects to improve nearby parks. Continue reading »