Apr 102015
 
Chef Antonino "Nino" Bongiorno and his son, Giuseppe, behind the counter at Cafe Nino. The restaurant will close May 31. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Chef Antonino “Nino” Bongiorno and his son, Giuseppe, behind the counter at Cafe Nino. The restaurant will close May 31. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

After 18 years in an assuming little building on South Carrollton Avenue, chef “Nino” Bongiorno plans to close his doors there for the final time at the end of next month.

“Everyone knows me, and everyone cries,” Bongiorno said of word about his plans to close getting out. But fans of Nino’s chicken marsala and red wine still have reason to dry their eyes — Bongiorno said that after a short break, he plans to currently seek a new location in the Warehouse District or possibly Freret Street. Continue reading »

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Apr 102015
 
The Our Lady of Lourdes church on Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Our Lady of Lourdes church on Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

After years of trying to find a new purpose for the flooded Our Lady of Lourdes church on Napoleon Avenue, the Archdiocese of New Orleans has decided to place the majestic building up for sale to a buyer that can be a good neighbor to the Catholic school next door. Continue reading »

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Apr 092015
 
Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne and supporters at the Cabildo this week. (photo by Danae Columbus for UptownMessenger.com)

Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne and supporters at the Cabildo this week. (photo by Danae Columbus for UptownMessenger.com)

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

By almost all accounts, Jay Dardenne has been a pretty good Lt. Governor. Though not a “tourism person,” Dardenne ran an efficient bureaucracy, shrunk the budget and did more with less. Under Dardenne’s watch, the number of visitors to Louisiana has grown along with tourism related jobs.

While Dardenne was solid administrator for the state’s cultural attractions and museums, he was never really embraced by tourism’s heavy hitters. That’s probably why the turnout for Dardenne’s New Orleans announcement for governor at the Cabildo yesterday was so light and why his campaign has attracted few New Orleans donors, especially among the tourism leadership who know him best. Continue reading »

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Apr 092015
 

An art exhibition featuring over fifty notable works

Martha Walter, “Employment Station New York”, circa 1915, oil on canvas, 32 high x 40 wide

Long established and leading art, antiques and jewelry specialist M.S. Rau Antiques presents Innocence, Temptation and Power: The Evolution of Women in Art now until May 4, 2015 at the M.S. Rau Gallery in New Orleans. Organized by recognized expert in 18th and 19th century fine art, art patron and owner of M.S. Rau, William Rau, the exhibition includes more than fifty notable works, many of which are exhibited for the first time, by fine art masters including William-Adolphe Bouguereau, Jean-Leon Gerome, Henri Matisse, Berthe Morisot, Pablo Picasso, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Norman Rockwell, among others. The exhibition traces the evolving representation of women and the female body, archetypes of ideal beauty and model behavior, and the interplay between art and society.

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Apr 082015
 
The Uptown Learning Center at 1771 Nashville Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Uptown Learning Center at 1771 Nashville Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Natasha M. Burrows (via opcso.org)

Natasha M. Burrows (via opcso.org)

Two months after the Uptown Learning Center announced its possible imminent closure, its former director has been arrested on charges that she stole well over tens of thousands of dollars by taking cash payments from parents, then under-reporting the total number of students at the school, according to New Orleans police. Continue reading »

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Apr 082015
 
The vacant lot at 820 General Pershing was overgrown and littered when photographed in late March. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The vacant lot at 820 General Pershing was overgrown and littered when photographed in late March. The rectory, under renovation next door, can be seen behind the wall. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The vacant site of a century-old home on General Pershing Street — demolished last year despite sustained outcry from its neighbors — may finally see some use this fall as green space for the nearby Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle-Orléans. Continue reading »

Apr 072015
 
DatBiereTap

Dat Biere’s draft handle is designed in classic Dat Dog spirit and incites all to Embrace Your Bliss!

Happy National Beer Day!

Dat Dog is pleased to introduce “Dat Biere”, a French-style ale crafted with pilsner, Munich and caramel malts that is served on tap at all four Dat Dog locations.

The collaboration on Dat Biere began last fall, when Dat Dog and long-time brew partner Bayou Teche hatched the idea to develop a new, custom brew for the beloved hot dog restaurant. Dat Biere drinks with a light-to-moderate toasty character that pairs will with Dat Dog’s brats, hot dogs and sausages. Continue reading »

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Apr 062015
 
A rendering depicting the approximate size and layout of the homes proposed for the former Turnbull Bakery site in the Irish Channel, though each house will be individually designed. (image courtesy of Pentek Homes)

A rendering depicting the approximate size and layout of the homes proposed for the former Turnbull Bakery site in the Irish Channel, though each house will be individually designed. (image courtesy of Pentek Homes)

The Turnbull Bakery entrance on First Street. (via Google Maps)

The Turnbull Bakery entrance on First Street. (via Google Maps)

Article by Kristen Himmelberg for UptownMessenger.com

The site of the old Turnbull Bakery in the Irish Channel neighborhood is set to undergo a major transformation in the coming years as city officials and neighborhood leaders have begun signing off on plans for the demolition of the old warehouses and construction of 17 single-family homes. Continue reading »

Apr 062015
 

Owen Courreges

If I had to write a motto for the Historic District Landmarks Commission (HDLC), it would be: “Making you kiss the ring to replace your roof.”

There are few examples of useless bureaucratic slime worse than the HDLC. This gaggle of architectural fetishists has crafted a Byzantine set of design guidelines, many of which have nothing whatsoever to do with preservation and appear specifically designed to render any renovation prohibitively expensive.

The only saving grace of the HDLC is that their authority is limited to a small number of core neighborhoods. This is kind of like saying that the saving grace of buck moth caterpillars is that they only come out in the Spring – it’s a restraint, but not exactly what I’d call a redeeming quality. Continue reading »