Sep 202011

In an interview with the Blackened Out food blog, Jeffrey Talbot of Ancora on Freret Street discusses the primacy of sea salt, the “emotional experience” of pizza in California, the regional flavors of Italy, and the legendary oven he built in his backyard of his home outside Lake Charles. (To borrow Blackened Out’s disclaimer of sorts, the article is flavored with “the profanity laced patois of the kitchen.”)

Sep 202011

Calling all Saints fans! With the return of the beloved black and gold, Fresco Cafe is offering a football special that can’t be beat – with the purchase of any large gourmet pizza, enjoy a pitcher of Miller Lite or Abita Amber for $1 only. Yes, you read that right – a full pitcher of ice-cold beer for just one dollar. No matter which team you support, now that’s something you can really root for!

Whether you’re looking for a place to grab lunch between classes (Fresco Cafe accepts the Tulane SplashCard and NolaBucks), or need a spot to meet clients or colleagues, Fresco Cafe is the perfect choice. Fresco Cafe is located at 7625 Maple Street, and is open from 11-10 nightly. For more information visit the Fresco Cafe website at, visit their Facebook page, or call 504-862-6363 to place an order. Online ordering is available at

Sep 192011

Jonah Bascle at La Nuit Comedy Theater on Freret Street, where he performs and teaches improv classes. (Sabree Hill,

The efforts of Jonah Bascle, an Uptown resident who ran for mayor last year to draw attention to the lack of accessibility on the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line, form the basis of this week’s cover story in Gambit. Other than promises of committees to study the issue, little progress has been made on Bascle’s suggestion that the newer handicapped-accessible red streetcars be added to the St. Charles Avenue line.

Sep 192011

The rectory at St. Henry's Catholic Church (image via Preservation Resource Center)

Is the century-old rectory at Uptown’s St. Henry’s Catholic Church slated to become a parking lot?

If so, it’s the fate that neighbors of the church are already organizing to fight off. Last week, nearby neighbor Faye Lieder got word from the Historic District Landmarks Commission that the church plans convert the church into a “multi-use facility” and to “request the demolition of a building across the street from the church that they no longer need,” Lieder said Sunday night at a meeting of neighbors who quickly convened at her house. Continue reading »

Sep 192011

A Fresh Market storefront in New York (image via the company's Facebook page).

The address of the former Borders store in the old Bultman funeral home on St. Charles Avenue has been added to the website of Fresh Market as “Coming Soon,” and our partners at WWL-TV have confirmed that the upscale grocer will be the site’s next tenant.

The store’s promised amenities include an “old-style butcher shop,” fresh seafood, produce, fresh baked goods, a “European delicatessen,” imported cheese, gourmet coffee and other offerings.

Sep 192011

The Coliseum Square Association has postponed its September meeting from its usual Monday time until Wednesday to accommodate the city’s Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance review for the neighborhood, neighborhood leaders said.

“The agenda for this month’s meeting includes a presentation from Global Green on their NOLAWise program and planning of the Night Out Against Crime on Oct. 11th and the CSA House Tour on Oct. 16th,” according to the association website.

This month’s meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Bridge Lounge, 1201 Magazine Street.

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Sep 192011

Samuel Williams (left) and Cornell Johnson of Unlimited Moving Services continue to move furniture into a house on St. Charles Ave. shortly after an oak tree fell just feet from their moving truck Monday. (Sabree Hill,

A large oak fell across the downtown lane and neutral ground of St. Charles Avenue near Joseph Street on Monday morning, and witnesses said it narrowly missed falling on a passing streetcar. Continue reading »

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Sep 192011

The zoning laws intended to guide the development of New Orleans for the foreseeable future will be the subject of two town-hall style meetings specifically focused on Uptown neighborhoods on Monday and Wednesday evenings, officials said. Continue reading »

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Sep 192011

Owen Courrèges

Crime is an omnipresent concern in New Orleans, particularly murder.  When I first moved back to the city prior to entering law school, my landlord treated me to the story of how one of her neighbors was shot while he was walking about, minding his own business, in the driveway next door.

Although that shooting had occurred in the 1970’s, it was still unnerving.  I was renting an apartment in the Garden District less than a block off of St. Charles.  I didn’t think shootings occurred on my block. Continue reading »

Sep 192011


When clients ask me if they should buy or rent, I always answer that it is different for each person.  Buying and renting both have their advantages and you have to consider what’s best for you right now.

— Continue reading to find out both buying and renting advantages. —

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