Jun 262012
 

A sketch of the Reginelli’s renovation of the former WOW Wingery, which will remain the same size in the same footprint, but restore the exterior windows, awning and doors of a traditional New Orleans corner grocery.

Reginelli’s proposed move across Magazine Street breezed through its hearing before the City Planning Commission on Tuesday, drawing no opposition and winning unanimous approval from the commissioners. Continue reading »

Jun 262012
 

A business robbery on Earhart, gunfire on Robert Street and a shooting on Simon Bolivar were all reported Monday night. (map via NOPD.com)

In separate incidents Monday night, shots were fired during a dispute on Robert Street, a 19-year-old was wounded in a drive-by shooting on Simon Bolivar, and an auto-parts store was robbed in Hollygrove, according to police reports. Continue reading »

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Jun 262012
 

In “The One: The Life and Music of James Brown,” biographer “[R.J.] Smith carefully and smartly reveals Brown’s flaws without reveling in the Backstage Confidential stories. He also balances Brown’s flaws with his assessment of his musical accomplishments,” writes former Offbeat editor Alex Rawls in the introduction to an extensive interview with Smith on Rawls’ new music news site, MySpiltMilk.com. Smith reads and signs the book tonight at Octavia Books.

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Jun 262012
 

The June meeting of the ENCORE Academy governing board, originally set for tonight, has been canceled because of scheduling conflicts, according to an email from school leader Terri L. Smith. The board’s next meeting is scheduled for July 24, but if any issues require board attention before then, a special meeting will be called, Smith writes.

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Jun 252012
 

The former WOW Wingery at State and Magazine is receiving extensive renovations so that Reginelli’s can move across the street.

The back end of the former WOW Wingery restaurant at State and Magazine has been removed and its interior completely gutted, but when Reginelli’s moves across the street this fall, the building’s exterior will be restored to its original appearance of a traditional New Orleans corner grocery, the owner said Monday morning.

“We’re trying to bring it back to the traditional old-style corner grocery,” said Darryl Reginelli. “It’s really going to go back to what it was originally.” Continue reading »

Jun 252012
 

Owen Courreges

Ah, summer in New Orleans. As the mercury erupts like Old Faithful and shirts stick to backs like fly paper, a gentleman’s fancy turns to avoiding dehydration and heat stroke by staying indoors. There’s nothing like that wave of cold, mechanically-produced air to take the edge off looking like you just took a shower with your clothes on.

Alas, there is one thing that tears me from the comforting womb of mother air conditioning at regular intervals throughout the summer. I am speaking, of course, of that public menace known as YARD WORK. Continue reading »

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Jun 242012
 

Corey Dillon (via opcso.org)

A 23-year-old man deemed a “person of interest” in the shootings that killed a 5-year-old girl at a birthday party last month was found with a gun and a bag of marijuana after crashing his car while fleeing police in the River Gardens area, police said. Continue reading »

Jun 242012
 

The latest two armed robberies Uptown, both reported Saturday. (map via NOPD.com)

A woman was robbed at gunpoint Saturday morning after parking her car in a lot just off Magazine Street in the Lower Garden District, police said. In a separate case Saturday evening, a man who robbed three people at gunpoint on a Central City porch was caught after a brief manhunt and arrested, police said. Continue reading »

Jun 242012
 

Officers and investigators confer after a crash near the corner of Fig and Dublin streets on Oct. 25, 2010. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

Joseph Peters (opcso.org)

One accused gunman was convicted of manslaughter last week in a 2010 shooting death in Central City who drove a getaway car that led police on a chase that ended with a crash and a manhunt in the Northwest Carrollton neighborhood, according to reporting by John Simerman of the Times-Picayune. DNA from one of three guns in the slaying of wheelchair-bound 26-year-old Sedale Dorsey matched Joseph Peters, 23, whom witnesses also said drove a gray Chrysler Sebring that crashed at Fig and Dublin streets Oct. 25, 2010. Continue reading »

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Jun 242012
 

A Broadmoor resident’s video of a trash crew running through yards, throwing water and placing an entire garbage can into the back of their truck has some neighbors asking for a city examination of what the contractor admits is “unacceptable behavior,” according to reporting developed in partnership with WWL-TV. Officials with Richard’s Disposal wold WWL that the workers were independent laborers, not company employees, that they were disciplined and that the matter was resolved to the homeowner’s satisfaction.

Jun 232012
 

Craig Giesecke

Over the past week or so, for some reason, I’ve been involved in several conversations about how a restaurant or bar markets itself and how it adjusts and tweaks itself to appeal to customers while also seeking customers who are appealing to the restaurant or bar.

I’m not talking about advertising. Any half-baked advertising brings customers in the door. You’d think anyone who walks into a business ready to spend money would be appealing, but not so. While you’re deciding if the place is right for you, the place is also deciding if you’re right for it. Continue reading »

Jun 222012
 

Audubon Charter School’s Broadway campus.

The sidewalks and crosswalks around Audubon Charter School will be made safer and more walkable with $250,000 worth of upgrades, based on a federal grant secured by a Tulane public health program, officials said. Continue reading »

Jun 222012
 

The Bridage truck in the parking lot of Company Burger. (photo by Christy Lorio for UptownMessenger.com)

Christy Lorio (photo by Leslie Almeida)

Some mornings, making a cup of joe is an inexorable ritual. Stumbling bleary-eyed down the stairs, the only thing that ensures I’m not sleepwalking is the sound of beans being beaten into submission by my coffee grinder. Other times, it’s a luxury, an indulgent treat served over ice, accompanied by a dog eared book in a favorite cafe. No matter what your relationship with caffeine is, venturing to new coffee shops is always a treat, at least for me. Continue reading »