Jun 132011

Four Uptown businesses plan to make requests before the City Planning Commission on Tuesday: Ignatius Eatery on its plan to move into the Rue de la Course site on Magazine, a request for a Japanese convenience store and coffee house on South Carrollton, the Walgreens on Claiborne’s intent to begin selling package liquor and a proposal for a fresh food market on Earhart Boulevard near the Fontainebleau neighborhood. Continue reading »

Jun 132011

Solar Day 2011 is just around the corner – mark your calendar, you won’t want to miss it!

Solar Day is an international celebration that spreads awareness about the benefits of solar power and alternative energy. Along with increasing the push towards American energy independence, harvesting the sun’s energy creates much-needed jobs – in fact, the number of people employed by the solar power industry doubled in 2010, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association. It’s a great reason to celebrate, and this coming Saturday, from 10am to 2pm, Joule Energy is throwing a party in your neighborhood!

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Jun 132011

Owen Courrèges

I’d like to start this column by taking the opportunity to eliminate all doubt, in case there was any – I am not an anarchist.  Though I would consider myself a civil libertarian distrustful of government, I do believe that government is necessary (if perhaps a necessary evil).  I’ve always thought of anarchists as juvenile radicals who go around spouting nonsensical philosophies while ignoring the obvious implications of their own ideas.

However, just because I disagree with anarchists and may sometimes find them a bit irritating does not mean that they’re always wrong, or that they should be run out of town on a rail. Continue reading »

Jun 112011

Patois' Tru Burger is slammed on their first day of business Friday afternoon on Oak Street. Tru Burger is a partnership between Aaron Burgau, Leon Touzet, Pierre Touzet and Marcus Woodham, all from Patois.T hey grind their own meat and serve gluten-free buns. Veggie burgers, hot dogs and milkshakes will also be served. "Best bun and fries in the city hands down," said diner Quinton Terrio during Tru Burger's grand opening. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

The steady lines of enthusiastic diners Friday on Oak Street for Tru Burger’s opening may soon find an addition to the restaurant’s succinct menu of burgers, fries hot dogs and milkshakes: a cold beer.

On Thursday, less than 24 hours before he was scheduled to open, Patois and Tru Burger co-owner Leon Touzet III met with the Carrollton-Riverbend Neighborhood Association about his desire for a low-volume alcohol license. The restaurant is based on the simple concept of a neighborhood location for high-quality burgers, fries and milkshakes, and alcohol is not an important part of the equation, Touzet told the group. Continue reading »

Jun 102011

The closure of the Iron Rail Book Collective amid a series of controversial NOPD actions in the Marigny and its subsequent reopening will be the discussion topic Saturday morning at this month’s Gillespie Memorial Community Breakfast at Uptown’s First Unitarian Universalist Church. Continue reading »

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Jun 102011

You’ve kicked the Kentucky Derby, polished off the Preakness Stakes, but there’s one more to go: the Belmont Stakes, the third and final event of thoroughbred racing coming up tomorrow, June 11th. There’s only one drink to have in your hand as the hooves come thundering down the track, and that’s the Belmont Breeze, the one-of-a-kind cocktail invented just for the Belmont Stakes by “King Cocktail” Dale DeGroff. A delicious combination of whiskey, sherry, fresh juices, and sodas (see the official recipe here), the Belmont Breeze is available at Tracey’s Original Irish Channel Bar for just $5 only on race day!

Throw in an order for the Best Roast Beef Po-Boy on Earth, and you’re holding a winning ticket. The starting pistol fires at 6pm, but Tracey’s is open at 11am daily. Tracey’s Original Irish Channel Bar is located in the Irish Channel at the corner of Magazine and Third. For more information, see http://traceysnola.com.

Jun 092011

An nearly hour-long power loss at the Sewerage and Water Board’s main power plants caused low water pressure around the city starting just before 11 a.m. Thursday, but power has been restored, pressure is returning, and the water was safe throughout the incident, according to a S&WB news release.

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Jun 092011

Jerry Carmouche (NOPD)

(Updated 2:36 p.m. Thursday)

Three teenagers arrested immediately after an armed-robbery attempt in the French Quarter on Tuesday night have also been charged in a mugging in the Irish Channel from about an hour earlier, and investigators are looking into the possibility of their involvement in more of Uptown’s armed robberies, police said. Continue reading »

Jun 092011

(Photo via tulane.edu.)

Re-imagine Julius Caesar as an illustrious Depression-era Louisiana governor, and you have this year’s opening production in the New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane, which begins with a preview performance tonight.

“When I began thinking about setting this production in the 1930s, I began to realize that New Orleans’ history provides rich inspiration for Caesar in Huey Long, the popular, charismatic ruler whose opponents thought had dictatorial tendencies, and who was eventually assassinated,” director Amy Boyce Holtcamp told New Wave, the university’s online news site.

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Jun 092011

A map of major burglaries and robberies in the Irish Channel in May and early June. The shooting near the River Garden Development is also shown. (via NOPD.com)

NOPD Sixth District Commander Bob Bardy will be among the speakers at tonight’s meeting of the Irish Channel Neighborhood Association.

The Irish Channel has fared relatively better than some Uptown neighborhoods amid the last month’s wave of armed robberies: about three muggings have been reported in the channel, and other than those incidents, a half dozen home break-ins have been the most serious crimes reported since the beginning of May. Suspects from a shooting in the nearby St. Thomas development, however, fled into the channel before police found them. Continue reading »

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