It wasn’t long ago that every Uptown house was within walking distance of a Roast Beef Poboy. Only 20 years ago, almost every second corner had a grocery or bar with a sandwich shop in the back. You can still see their architectural remains Uptown. The historic corner houses with double doors facing the intersection are vestiges of that simpler time. A select few of these locations continue to operate.
Clancy’s, the restaurant, was once old man Clancy’s Bar and Poboy Shop. I rode my bike there to buy candy. Norby’s Bar and Restaurant has become Patois. An apartment two blocks down was formerly LaCour’s Grocery. In another direction was Mouledous’ Butcher and Grocery—now Fresh Bar. Toast now occupies the defunct Draube’s neighborhood Bar and Grocer. These establishments coexisted with dozen of others in the same few blocks. Most served poboys. Due to gentrification and time, most are now lost.