Apr 112014
 
Josh Epworth and Jean-Paul Villere constructing The Chick Inn.

Josh Epworth and Jean-Paul Villere constructing The Chick Inn.

Jean-Paul Villere

Jean-Paul Villere

It began innocently enough.  Years ago, spring 2009, while rebuilding, my wife elected to get a batch of chicks to raise.  Pairing her love of gardening with the future production of yard eggs, these were the things she loved and that her parents had shown her growing up.  And now being a mother herself she wanted the same for her own growing family.  Except we didn’t live in once-sleepy River Ridge but still drying out New Orleans, and well, chickens weren’t the norm yet. Continue reading »

Apr 102014
 

The building at 1020 Erato is slated to become the home of The Courtyard Brewery. (submitted photo)

The building at 1020 Erato is slated to become the home of The Courtyard Brewery. (submitted photo)

After months through the city’s regulatory systems, it took only a few very short minutes before the New Orleans City Council for the Courtyard Brewery to win final approval for their Lower Garden District taproom. Continue reading »

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Apr 102014
 

Percy Brown (via opcso.org)

Percy Brown (via opcso.org)

A man arrested Monday after leading police on a chase through the Milan neighborhood in a stolen truck is now a suspect in a shooting in the Irish Channel on March 29, but investigators say a separate shootout that injured a man this week in the Irish Channel appears to be unrelated. Continue reading »

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Apr 102014
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

The City’s announcement last week that after months of meetings, negotiations were still ongoing with Gatehouse Capital should prompt the New Orleans Building Corporation to re-open the bid process and invite new proposers.

This is especially true with several new Council and NOBC members coming on board in a few weeks and the change of NOBC leadership when Deputy Mayor Cedric Grant moves on to the Sewerage & Water Board.  With the multi-million dollar high-end outlet mall by the Howard Hughes Corporation set to open at the Riverwalk next month, the WTC development project would attract new bidders – possibly including the Hughes group. Hughes’ portfolio is very diverse and the WTC could be a good fit for them, especially if they do not choose to build condos or a hotel on top of the Riverwalk in a second phase. Continue reading »

Apr 092014
 

tulanelogoWe want to thank everyone in the community for their patronage at Mid City’s newest gay watering hole. Anytime you’re looking for a place to play in the neighborhood, don’t forget to check us out on one of our amazing evenings of entertainment. We are open on Mondays from 6p-11p, Thursday-Saturday 4p-12a and Sunday from 4p-11p. Continue reading »

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Apr 092014
 
Cedric Martin (left) and David Y. Martin Jr. stand by the former Baronne Street location of Martin Wine Cellar in the mid 1980s. (submitted photo)

Cedric Martin (left) and David Y. Martin Jr. stand by the former Baronne Street location of Martin Wine Cellar in the mid 1980s. (submitted photo)

MartinWineCellarAfter nine years closed since Hurricane Katrina, Martin Wine Cellar’s Baronne Street location will start construction next week and be open “in late 2014,” the company announced Wednesday morning. Continue reading »

Apr 082014
 
Police investigate a home-invasion robbery reported in the 1800 block of Adams Street on Tuesday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Police investigate a home-invasion robbery reported in the 1800 block of Adams Street on Tuesday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Two men were robbed at gunpoint — one of them pistol-whipped — in an Adams Street home Tuesday afternoon, New Orleans police said, the latest in a rash of attacks on residents in their homes around the Carrollton corridor in the last few days. Continue reading »

Apr 082014
 
More than 100 people turned out Tuesday for the City Planning Commission hearing on the proposed sale of Newcomb Boulevard. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

More than 100 people turned out Tuesday for the City Planning Commission hearing on the proposed sale of Newcomb Boulevard. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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)

By a 6-1 vote Tuesday, members of the City Planning Commission said they saw a clear public need for Newcomb Boulevard to be open to drivers and the public, rejecting an effort by the street’s residents to buy it and make it private.

What will become of the controversial iron gate blocking the boulevard at Freret Street remains unclear, however. Unlike most City Planning decisions, Tuesday’s vote will not automatically be forwarded to the City Council for review — though officials said it was unclear whether additional avenues remain open for the Newcomb residents. Continue reading »

Apr 082014
 
Police speak to neighbors on Dec. 18, 2013, after a large SUV was found ditched in an Adams Street backyard following a deadly robbery at a nearby bank. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Police speak to neighbors on Dec. 18, 2013, after a large SUV was found ditched in an Adams Street backyard following a deadly robbery at a nearby bank. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

DNA evidence on a screwdriver that may have been used to steal an SUV later used in the deadly armed robbery of a Carrollton bank led investigators to an arrest warrant for a suspect, according to a report by Jim Mustian of The New Orleans Advocate. Lilbear George, 24, is wanted on a charge of illegal possession of stolen things, and is believed to have fled the state after the Dec. 18 robbery at the Chase bank that killed armored-truck driver Hector Trochez, Mustian reports.

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Apr 082014
 
Police investigate a crash on Freret Street near Amelia after a pursuit that damaged two NOPD vehicles. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Police investigate a crash on Freret Street near Amelia after a pursuit that damaged two NOPD vehicles. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A stolen truck that led New Orleans police on chase around the Milan neighborhood on Monday and damaged two NOPD vehicles may have been involved in a shooting in the Irish Channel a week earlier, authorities said. Continue reading »

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Apr 082014
 

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Dianne Honoré has been a French Quarter tour guide off and on for more than 20 years; and this, she said, is the worst it’s ever been.

“My heart breaks when I walk through the French Quarter sometimes,” Honoré said sipping a coffee in Treme Café on St. Philip Street. “It disgusts me the lack of protection, the level of filth.”

Honoré is talking about the all-time high population of “gutter punks” that blanket the French Quarter. The gutter punk colonies run along the river, along Decatur Street. The 500 block of Bourbon Street is a gutter-punk haven; basically all over the French Quarter is, she said. Continue reading »

Apr 072014
 
The Roly Poly location on Tchoupitoulas. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Roly Poly location on Tchoupitoulas. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

City officials approved a developer’s request Monday to tear down the Roly Poly building on Tchoupitoulas, to the dismay of the restaurant’s current employees, but the new bank intended for the site is still lacks permission to tear down an adjacent house. Continue reading »

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Apr 072014
 

Sean Wilson (via isl-edu.org)

Sean Wilson (via isl-edu.org)

Sean Wilson, who as Head of Schools presided over the International School of Louisiana’s long climb into the city’s top tier of open-enrollment charter schools, has been offered the job of leading the International High School next year, leaders there say. Continue reading »

Apr 072014
 

Owen Courreges

Twenty years.  That’s 7,300 days.  It’s over a quarter of the average American lifespan, and in Louisiana, it’s the amount of time a person can potentially serve for simple possession of marijuana.

While you’re picking your jaw up off the floor after hearing that, I should emphasize that we’re not talking about dealing.  Simple possession refers to quantities too low for distribution.  It is a misdemeanor, but only on the first offense.  A second offense graduates to a felony punishable by up to five years in jail.  After third offense, the maximum goes up to twenty years. Continue reading »

Apr 062014
 
(Via Save New Orleans Sounds Program Initiative)

(Via Save New Orleans Sounds Program Initiative)

If you are a performer, a musician, sound engineer, club manager, DJ or even simply a music fan, you at risk of sustaining a hearing disorder from your activities, so the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic and Assistance Foundation is hosting Save New Orleans Sounds, a free series of events to inform you on preventable injuries from today (Sunday, April 6) through Tuesday. Continue reading »

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