Jun 172011

The city’s shuttered Lyons Center in the Irish Channel will host a major party Saturday with live music, food and drink, cabbage ball and swimming in a fundraiser to support the youth sports leagues in the neighborhood. Continue reading »

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Jun 172011

Nirvana's Banquet Hall is a 2500 square foot facility that can accommodate up to 150 people, but is also intimate enough for a gathering of 25. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Nirvana would like to introduce you to their banquet hall located above Nirvana on Magazine St. and Napoleon Ave. Nirvana Banquet Hall is a unique and beautiful space that offers complete flexibility. The 2500 square foot facility can accommodate up to 150 people, but is also intimate enough for a gathering of 25.

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Jun 162011

Thinking of dining out tonight? Two dozen New Orleans-area restaurants — including Uptown favorites Bistro Daisy, The Bulldog, Gautreau’s, La Petite Grocery, Martinique Bistro, Pinkberry and Santa Fe Tapas — have pledged a sizable portion of their proceeds this evening (Thursday, June 16) to the Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals for their annual “Pause for Dinner” fundraiser. Continue reading »

Jun 152011

The former NOCCA building, photographed in September 2010. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

With tentative neighborhood support after a meeting with the new owner of the former NOCCA school building, high-end condos are emerging as a likely next life of the century-old Uptown New Orleans landmark.

Developer Jim MacPhaille met June 8 with the zoning committee of the Upper Hurstville Neighborhood Association to discuss options for the old LaSalle School on Perrier, and left with their preliminary agreement with a plan to convert it into a development of about 15 to 18 high-end condos with a few standalone homes on the side of the property. The condos would likely sell for $400 per square foot, he said, and the site would likely have about 48 parking spaces on it. Continue reading »

Jun 152011

High lead levels in the soil shown in this image lead state officials to deem the Audubon Charter School's plan for a temporary campus unacceptable. (Click to see the full report.)

Audubon Charter School has indefinitely postponed the renovations of its Broadway Street campus after its plan to use a lead-saturated site in the Lower Garden District for a temporary campus was deemed “unacceptable” by state officials, the school announced late Wednesday. Continue reading »

Jun 152011

I love coffee.  No really, I love coffee.  Proof: I happily worked in cafes for over a decade before finally retiring my green apron.  Okay, they asked me to leave.  No really, they did.  But, another story for another time.  Back to coffee.  Good coffee.  Where to get it.  How to brew it.  But when you’re away from your environs as summer months tend to bend our routines, what do you do?  Pray to Kaldi wherever you are traveling there’s a halfway decent cafe?  Or maybe you’re a full on coffee geek (like me) and you travel with your coffeemaker?  See, as much as I love Kaldi, I’ve traveled enough to know that praying and gambling on a decent cup of coffee is a hope and a bet you’ll almost certainly lose every time.  So beat the odds, and travel prepared.  This is your morning cup of coffee we’re talking about here.  Some things are sacred, and to me, this is one of them. Continue reading »

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Jun 152011

Father’s Day is this Sunday and what better way to surprise your Dad than box full of fresh, delicious cupcakes! The Kupcake Factory is offering a Father’s Day Special — buy three cupcakes, get one free — so everyone in your family can celebrate. Offering 12 gourmet flavors daily plus ice cream from the Cold Stone Creamery, the Kupcake Factory has something to delight even the most finicky of fathers.

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.

Jun 142011

Architect's rendering of the three-story addition to Poydras Home (Rendering by Mathes Brierre Architects)

Plans for the addition of a new three-story building at the center of the historic Poydras Home retirement community were met with cautious acceptance Tuesday night by a group of neighbors who praised the building’s classic design but worried about parking for its new employees.

At the corner of Jefferson and Magazine for more than 150 years, Poydras Home currently serves 74 residents in four buildings, one for independent living, two for traditional assisted living, and a fourth for Alzheimer’s patients. The new building is designed to resemble the original three-story orphanage that was on the site until the 1950s, and would serve 33 more residents, a first floor for 11 dementia patients, and two upper floors for assisted living. Continue reading »

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Jun 142011

No alcohol can be sold with meals at Ignatius, but owner Jerry Roppolo is seeking the city's permission to sell alcohol at another building he owns on Magazine, the current site of Rue de la Course. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

The owner of the popular Rue de la Course coffeehouse on Magazine Street took a step closer Tuesday to being able to convert the location into a restaurant with alcohol sales, but said no immediate plans have been made for the location.

Jerry Roppolo, who owns Rue and its building, was poised earlier this year to get a liquor license for Ignatius Eatery up the street, but then withdrew after he was unable to reach an agreement with his landlord there. Based on a subsequent plan he presented this month to move Ignatius into Rue’s building, the City Planning Commission voted Tuesday to recommend Roppolo receive a conditional-use permit to sell alcohol in the building he owns, but Roppolo said any changes to either location are still a long way off. Continue reading »

Jun 142011

The Freret Neighbors United will hold officer elections at 6 p.m. tonight (Tuesday, June 14) at their quarterly meeting at Samuel J. Green Charter School on Valence Street.

Also up for discussion are the live-music venue proposed for the Neighborhood Housing Services building, issues related to feral cats, and updates on the liquor license at Las Acacias Supermercado, the Freret Neighborhood Center, and the neighborhood service project, said president Dean Gancarz-Davies.

The meeting is open to the public.

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Jun 132011

The Neighborhood Housing Services building on Freret may share space with a neighborhood bar and live-music venue this fall. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

As the rapid redevelopment of the Freret Street, a restaurant serving “Japanese fusion” cuisine is planned to open in the former Friar Tucks bar on one end of the commercial corridor, and a new neighborhood live-music venue is slated for the large, bright-blue building at the other end of the street.

The long-promised street improvements on Freret have yet to begin, however, and business owners worry that poorly planned and executed roadwork could blunt the street’s recovery. Continue reading »