Sep 072011

The Uptowner, hosting a dinner with a menu from the Gabrielle restaurant. (Sabree Hill,

Two controversial restaurants that have been on the drawing boards for years met with the Audubon-Riverside Neighborhood Association on Tuesday in search of residents’ approval for agreements that might win the city’s favor and allow them to open.

Greg Sonnier, still seeking to reopen his former Gabrielle restaurant in the Uptowner building on Henry Clay Avenue, convinced the association to reopen discussion of his plans once again.

And the owners of Johnny V’s, a restaurant proposed for the space next to Monkey Hill Bar on Magazine, offered a detailed list of operating conditions that barely won the association’s blessing over their qualms about the unauthorized addition of second-floor space. Continue reading »

Sep 072011

On the first day of qualifying for the ballot for the Oct. 22 state and local elections, all the incumbents for Uptown-based legislative seats filed for re-election without challengers, and the judicial candidates whose open races are already among the highest-profile contests in the parish all made their bids official. Continue reading »

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Sep 072011

"Midnight Madness"

There are a handful of days in your life that seem to leave you forever changed.  When you graduate.  Get married.  Have a kid (or four).  And of course – your first concert.  Remember yours?  I remember mine: Night Ranger! On their “Midnight Madness” tour opening for an Ozzy-less Black Sabbath at the Civic Center in Beaumont, Texas.  It’s a lot to process, I know.  I was 9 years old and in 4th grade, and we didn’t get to stay for Black Sabbath.  Klint Rhodes’ parents took Klint and me, but earlier in the day there was a record – as in LP – signing at the neighbgorhood record store Sound Castle.  We missed getting our LPs signed but caught a glimpse of Night Ranger up close.  That night at the show it was, well, amazing.  They played all the songs a 9-year-old me would want to hear.  There was even a sea of lighters lit up during “Sister Christian.” During which Clint’s dad leaned back and asked the guy behind us “Son, what’s with all the lighters?”  Good stuff.  And guess what?  Night Ranger are still doing it!  This Saturday they’re opening for Journey and Foreigner at the New Orleans arena.  And it’s even almost the same line-up.  In fact if you look at their website you would swear that Will Farrell were in the band, but it’s drummer Kelly Keagy.  Alas, no cowbell. Continue reading »

Sep 072011

Six years ago four street medics answered the call put out by local activists Malik Rahim & Sharon Johnson and founded the Common Ground Health Clinic. CGHC was powered by just a little bit of cash and an enormous supply of courage, vision, compassion and tenacity. To honor the founders, the thousands of dedicated volunteers and staff who have followed in their footsteps, and in honor of the 60,000+ people who have been served by CGHC to date, CGHC invites you to a straight up PARTY, at the corner of Teche & Socrates Streets in Algiers, from 4-8 PM on Friday, September 9, 2011.

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Sep 062011

417 Henry Clay (photo via Preservation Resource Center)

A couple who want to demolish their historic Henry Clay Avenue home and replace it with a new house found an unsympathetic audience at City Hall on Tuesday, and their plans will now carry an unfavorable recommendation when they appear before the New Orleans City Council.

Architect Tracy Lea, who owns the house with his wife, told the Neighborhood Conservation District Committee that despite their improvements to the house over the years, its maintenance has become problematic, and that they would prefer to replace it with a house of their own design. They searched for a lot elsewhere in the city, but could not find one preferable to their current property on the edge of Audubon Park. Continue reading »

Sep 062011

The Audubon Riverside Neighborhood Association will holds its monthly meeting at 6:45 p.m. tonight (Tuesday, Sept. 6), at a new location, the St. Paul United Church of Christ at 616 Eleonore, the Patton Street entrance.

No agenda was available Tuesday morning, but one pending issue before the neighborhood has been discussion of the proposed Johnny V’s restaurant next to Monkey Hill Bar. Continue reading »

Sep 062011

Saints season is here, and to celebrate it, the Kupcake Factory is offering a special coupon of $2 off a dozen regular-sized cupcakes! This offer is only valid until September 14th, so come on in and get your cupcakes today. Throwing a Saints party, and need something sweet to treat your guests? The Kupcake Factory offers a range of customized cupcakes for all your gameday needs — just call ahead to place an advance order. Or, for all you Facebook and Twitter fans, keep an eye on the Kupcake Factory for cupcake happy hour specials — you never know when they’re going to show up!

Offering 12 gourmet flavors daily, the Kupcake Factory serves three locations in the greater New Orleans area: 819 W. Esplanade Avenue in Kenner, 800 Metairie Road (Ste. Q) in Metairie, and 6223 S. Claiborne Avenue in Uptown New Orleans. Contact any location for details about cakes and pricing at 504.464.8884, or visit the Kupcake Factory website and Facebook page for news and an updated schedule of cupcakes. The Kupcake Factory is open daily from 11.30am until 8pm, or until all cupcakes have been sold.

Sep 052011

Security-camera footage of a man suspected in three recent robberies at knifepoint on Dublin Street. (via NOPD)

Three different people have been robbed at knifepoint on Dublin Street in the Carrollton neighborhood in recent weeks, and police are seeking the public’s help in identifying a suspect photographed by surveillance camera. Continue reading »