Aug 092011

Three Uptown projects — a request to sell alcohol at the CVS under construction on Claiborne, a new clay studio on the Freret commercial corridor, and an apartment building on St. Charles Avenue — are all slated for consideration today by the City Planning Commission. Continue reading »

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Aug 092011

In “The Rebirth of Freret Street,” Gambit food writer Ian McNulty examines the dizzing pace of restaurant openings on Freret Street.

Next up for the busy corridor after Dat Dog, High Hat Cafe and Ancora Pizzeria & Salumeria? Company Burger and Midway Pizza this month (perhaps as early as this week), followed by Origami sushi and the PubliQ House later this year.

Aug 092011

The nearest neighbors believe Whole Foods is asking too much with its latest requests, according to our reporting partners at WWL-TV. The Audubon-Riverside Neighborhood Association agreed to some of Whole Foods’ requests in May, and asked the grocery to rethink others before its Aug. 23 hearing before the City Planning Commission.

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Aug 092011

Hot Dog! Dat Dog is now serving ice-cold beer with its dogs. Abita and Miller brand beers are all available for just $3, the perfect way to wash down your hot dog, sausage, or cheese fries. Dogs start at just $5 and sides at $3. Dat Dog is located at 5031 Freret, and is open Tues-Thurs from 11am-9pm, Fri-Sat from 11am-10pm, and Sunday from noon to 6pm. (Mondays Dat Dog is closed; even good dogs have to rest.)

Check Dat Dog out on their website and on Facebook.

Aug 082011

A construction worker cleans around a blighted house in the 2700 block of South Derbigny in March. The house was demolished by the city in April. (Sabree Hill,

Perhaps the greatest challenge New Orleans currently faces is urban decay, known commonly as “blight.”  There is nothing more cancerous to a neighborhood than the presence of unoccupied, moldering buildings.  They’re ugly, they’re useless, they allow for the proliferation of rats and other pests – there is nothing good to be said about blight. Continue reading »

Aug 082011

Volunteers work in June on a KaBOOM! playground at Palmer Park. (Sabree Hill,

With a KaBOOM! playground on the way to its Claiborne Avenue campus, the new French-immersion charter school opening this month in Uptown New Orleans is set to discuss longer-term planning for a home for its students at a meeting Monday. Continue reading »

Aug 062011

After being carjacked in his driveway, a Hollygrove man jumped into the bed of his truck and dodged gunfire in an effort to thwart the teen who stole it, police said.

The 32-year-old victim had pulled into the driveway of his home in the 9100 block of Edinburgh about 9 p.m. Friday, when a teenager walked up, pointed a gun at him and demanded his keys and phone, said Lt. Mike Montalbano, interim commander of the NOPD Second District. The teen got into the red Toyota Tundra pickup and began to drive away, but the victim chased the truck and jumped into the bed of it, Montalbano said. Continue reading »

Aug 052011

The prospect of coloring your hair can feel intimidating, but in the hands of an experienced professional, it’s a simple, straightforward process that can result in a brand new you in no time at all. With coloring services available for women and men alike, the New Deal Hair Salon has 36 years of experience in coloring, styling, and cutting, with expert results at very affordable prices.

Keep reading for more details about hair coloring at New Deal Hair Salon.

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