Jul 262012
 

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We are so happy to announce that we are now at our brand new location:  5014 Freret Street (between Soniat and Robert Streets, two doors down from Dat Dog)!!!  We chose this historic and up-and-coming neighborhood because it reflects a vibrancy and tenacity that epitomizes the spirit of New Orleans.  We are ecstatic to be a part of this community! Continue reading »

Jul 252012
 

The International School of Lousiana’s Olivier Street campus in Algiers. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The International School of Louisiana is abandoning its plans to create the region’s first public-school program taught entirely in Mandarin Chinese next year for lack of enough students or a qualified instructor, officials said Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the school’s governing board continues to discuss where to put solar panels on its Camp Street campus, and where to find additional space for the overflow of upper-grade students expected there in the 2013-14 school year. Continue reading »

Jul 252012
 

A Canal St streetcar passes in front of the tidy of debris of what was once the Pallas Hotel, its implosion a rare summertime crowd pleaser by New Orleans standards. (photo by Jean-Paul Villere for UptownMessenger.com)

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Last week I went on about how New Orleans’ growth and popularity possesses somewhat of an unknown trajectory, but what I failed to really touch on is what no one in the region has had to deal with this year – at least yet. I am of course talking about any nasty inklings of a hurricane, tropical depression, or any other event Mother Nature may wish to conjure a la water and ye olde Gulf, anything we as a society may wish to properly name. Betsy, George, Cindy, the names all come crashing back us. Ivan, Ike, Emily, and didn’t we get into Alpha and Beta when we ran through all the names in 2005? Wacky. . . Continue reading »

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Jul 252012
 

The International School of Louisiana will hold its regular monthly board meeting at 6 p.m. tonight (July 25) at its Eastbank campus, 1400 Camp Street, to discuss exploration of a satellite campus for that facility and solar panels on the school grounds, as well as issues relating to the Westbank and Jefferson Parish campuses. Continue reading »

Jul 252012
 

If your family is planning one last vacation for the summer, you’re probably looking at baggage fees as you book your flights. But travel smart this summer: skip both the fees and the hassle by mailing your luggage with Parcels and Post New Orleans. Shipping can be much less expensive than baggage fees, and with affordable delivery confirmation, you can rest easy knowing all your personal belongings will be waiting for you when you get to where you’re going. Stop in the store or call for more details today. Continue reading »

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Jul 252012
 

Virginia Saussy of New Orleans-based confectioner Sucre hands out samples of chocolate while Marc Jones, senior vice president of The Fresh Market, discusses the store’s offerings in front of its international aisle during a preview of the store prior to Wednesday morning’s grand opening. Sucre will have a whole section featuring its drinking chocolates, artisan bars and candied pecans, and Saussy said The Fresh Market is helping it place products in stores up to 100 or even 300 miles away. “Their local program is really incredible,” Saussy said.

The Fresh Market, a North Carolina-based chain of upscale groceries founded in 1982 that now has 119 locations, will open its St. Charles Avenue location at 9 a.m. Wednesday in the former Bultman funeral home that was a Borders book store for several years after Hurricane Katrina. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Jul 242012
 

Broken windows along the front of the Sigma Alpha Mu house on Broadway Street, photographed Tuesday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Fire damage can be seen in a second-story window and on the roof at the rear of the building. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A vacant Tulane fraternity house was damaged in a fire early Friday morning, authorities said, leaving a newly scorched structure directly next door to an empty lot on Broadway Street where a frat house that burned last October was recently torn down.

The former Sigma Alpha Mu house at 712 Broadway caught fire around 1 a.m. July 20, said Tulane University spokesman Michael Strecker. The building was unoccupied and undergoing renovations, so there were no injuries, Strecker said. He referred questions about the cause of the fire to the New Orleans Fire Department, which did not have information on the investigation readily available Tuesday afternoon. Continue reading »

Jul 242012
 

ENCORE Academy, the new music-focused charter school that will spend its first year located in the new Crocker building in Uptown’s Milan neighborhood, will hold a board meeting at 6:30 p.m. tonight (Tuesday, July 24) to receive updates on the construction of the new building and on the school’s start-up loan, as well as for accountability training for the board. Continue reading »

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Jul 242012
 

Seeking reform to city laws such as those that require them to move every 45 minutes, a half-dozen members of the New Orleans Food Truck Coalition will assemble from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight (Tuesday, July 24) to show off their skills and talk policy at the Ashe Cultural Arts Center at 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd, reports Shay Sokol of NOLA Defender in an interview with Empanada Intifada owner Taylor Jackson.

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Jul 242012
 

A Thai restaurant’s request for alcohol sales at its Maple Street location and a proposed fast-food restaurant in a service station on South Claiborne Avenue will return to the City Planning Commission on Tuesday, after their initial trips through the city bureaucracy were derailed by the council standoff in May. Continue reading »

Jul 232012
 

Firefighters look for hot spots in the wreckage of a shed behind a Laurel Street home. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A shed in a Laurel Street backyard caught fire Monday afternoon and spread to the main house, damaging the rear bedroom and the attic and drawing firefighters from the scene of a much larger Constance Street fire from just a few hours earlier. Continue reading »

Jul 232012
 

Flames rise from the roof and windows of an abandoned service station on the corner of Constance and Laurel on Monday morning. (photo courtesy of Jeff Lopez)

An abandoned service station at the corner of Constance and Peniston streets burned to the ground Monday morning, damaging the house next door but harming no one, witnesses and officials said.

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Jul 232012
 

Owen Courreges

For those of you who have been under a rock since, well, ever, Mayor Mitch Landrieu and the Police Association of New Orleans (PANO) don’t always see eye to eye.  In fact, it’s gotten to the point where they just plain don’t like each other.

Part of the issue is that Landrieu has repeatedly said that the NOPD has sufficient manpower, while PANO argues that it has been chronically understaffed.  The latest volley occurred recently when PANO released the results of a survey performed by Tulane Criminologist Peter Scharf.  That study purported to show that an overwhelming majority of NOPD officers feel the department needs more officers and better equipment, and that morale is circling the drain.
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Jul 212012
 

At the party, the sci-fi krewe will announce next year’s theme and begin raising funds, with “appearances by interstellar Mardi Gras Indian tribe the Mighty Wookie Fi-Yo, performances by the Vajar Jar Binks Dance Team, music from all-girl ska-rockers Local Skank, and a lot more entertainment,” according to Brad Rhines of NOLA Defender.

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Jul 212012
 

Craig Giesecke

Our (so far) week-long hiatus from the foodservice industry has allowed us to catch up on some sleep, watch a few movies and spruce up the house a bit. We‘ve also been able to check out a few potential opportunities and locations to get going again, and I’m sure we’ll crank up things again before too long.

I’ve received several suggestions about opening a pop-up operation or getting into the city’s food truck scene. But while I’ll never say never, I’ve got some severe reservations about both — and they have nothing to do with quality of the product or lack of customers. Matter of fact, we’d probably wind up doing okay with either approach. Continue reading »