Mar 292014
 

Raising Cane’s now plans a total of three Uptown locations; a new ice-cream shop is opening on Freret Street; a new building on Magazine Street will host a location of the upscale Brick & Spoon chain; and Pizza Domenica is on track for an April opening, according to recent reports. Continue reading »

Mar 282014
 
The former Uptowner banquet hall at 438 Henry Clay Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The former Uptowner banquet hall at 438 Henry Clay Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A sign at the Uptowner alerting neighbors of a proposed prisoner re-entry program. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A sign at the Uptowner alerting neighbors of a proposed prisoner re-entry program. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

For years, chef Greg Sonnier fought to reopen his old Mid-City restaurant Gabrielle in a banquet hall on Henry Clay Avenue known as the Uptowner, but neighbors eventually convinced the New Orleans City Council to keep the building zoned residential, and Sonnier moved on to become executive chef at the new French Quarter restaurant Kingfish.

Now, Sonnier says he has a plan for The Uptowner that will suit both him and the building’s residential zoning: The Orleans Parish Prisoner Re-Entry Initiative. Local and state corrections officials, however, say they are not involved in or aware of the project. Continue reading »

Mar 282014
 
The artwork of folk artist Simon Hardeveld reads "We Speak French" at   Fete Francaise Saturday afternoon.  (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

The artwork of folk artist Simon Hardeveld reads “We Speak French” at Fete Francaise Saturday afternoon, April 1, 2012. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

The 15th annual “Fête Française” at Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle-Orléans on April 5 will showcase Francophone heritage and cuisine and a music roster that includes a number of French-language performers and local favorites including the Soul Rebels, Sweet Crude, Helen Gillet and Madd Wikkid. Continue reading »

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Mar 272014
 
A drawing of the proposed community center included in city documents.

A drawing of the proposed community center included in city documents.

A long-promised community center slated for west Carrollton received another extension from the New Orleans City Council Thursday afternoon, but the years-old controversy over its management flared again amid traded accusations of secret agendas. Continue reading »

Mar 272014
 

LCI Uptown Messenger AdSo you know how to bake an amazing cake, but do you know how to get the word out about your delicious red velvet? So you’re a contractor who remodels historical homes like no other. Do you have a website that displays your projects? LCI Workers’ Comp is putting on a small business workshop for you.

Join us for The Every Hat Entrepreneur Series: Build Your Image and Online Presence Friday, March 28 from 8:00 AM until 2:00 PM at the Irish House on St. Charles Ave.

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Mar 272014
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

In the last 50 years, there have been many Directors of Aviation at the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport but few about whom there was any urgency to retain them. But the current Director of Aviation, Iftikhar Ahmad, is one of the hottest guys in the nation in his field of work and the New Orleans Aviation Board is giving him a $35,000 a year raise that he didn’t ask for because they want to keep him here.

Restaurateur Ti Martin, a member of the Aviation Board, says, “He has come to have a lot of affection for New Orleans and the region and we need to lock him to finish what he has started.” Continue reading »

Mar 272014
 

Gordon C. Scott (via opcso.org)

Gordon C. Scott (via opcso.org)

New Orleans police found the Lexus SUV that led officers on a wild chase through much of Uptown last week in a local drive-through Wednesday, and arrested the man driving it on a number of outstanding warrants as the investigation into a related shooting continues, authorities said. Continue reading »

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Mar 272014
 
vintage rattan setThis is NOT just a garage sale; there will be fine furniture, antique frames, and countless collectibles that you DO NOT want to miss out on. Items that must go include:
  • Sets of Rosenthal and Franciscan China
  • Sets of vintage crystal and depression glassware including ruby red
  • Various collectibles – Nippon, glass, silver plate, vases, candlestick holders, bowls, etc.
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Mar 262014
 
Former Louisiana Govs. Buddy Roemer, Kathleen Blanco and Edwin Edwards share a laugh during one of the lighter moments during Wednesday night's panel discussion at Loyola University. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Former Louisiana Govs. Buddy Roemer, Kathleen Blanco and Edwin Edwards share a laugh during one of the lighter moments during Wednesday night’s panel discussion at Loyola University. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Although former Louisiana governors Buddy Roemer, Kathleen Blanco and Edwin Edwards have a number of political differences, all three agreed Wednesday night that no state officials — neither the legislature nor the current governor — should interfere with the local levee board’s lawsuit against oil companies. Continue reading »

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Mar 262014
 
Jean-Paul Villere

Jean-Paul Villere

Seems as though there’s a little bit of buzz of late in what makes one a New Orleanian.  Post Katrina among the questionable landscape Dirty Coast gave us the refreshing pause: Be a New Orleanian wherever you are.  But nowadays amid booming repopulation, white teapots, and the notion of gentrification, some seem to say well, hey, if I go to sleep and wake up in Orleans Parish, then that makes me a New Orleanian.  And to this I say: really!?  And to this I further say: Not really, not so much – but it is a good start. Continue reading »

Mar 262014
 
Pedestrians pass by the Newcomb Boulevard fence in early February. (UptownMessenger.com file photo)

Pedestrians pass by the Newcomb Boulevard fence in early February. (UptownMessenger.com file photo)

After years of court battles, the proposed sale of Newcomb Boulevard between St. Charles Avenue and Freret Street is headed to the City Planning Commission in less than two weeks, and those who have fought to have the street reopened are hoping to rally public opinion to their side with a quickly organized campaign. Continue reading »

Mar 262014
 

newdd2Dat Dog’s Jingle Contest Entry deadline is fast approaching! Show us your skills by April 14th for your chance to win $500 and a $100 gift certificate to Dat Dog.

All you have to do is create a song 60 seconds or less declaring your love for Dat Dog and submit it. Put a smile on your face, and don’t miss your chance to be a Dat Dog Idol! Continue reading »

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