May 152013
 

The former Louisiana Seafood at 2900 LaSalle. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Cowbell chef Brack May

The chef who launched the popular Cowbell burger joint on Oak Street now plans a family-oriented restaurant with an emphasis on takeout meals in a former Central City seafood market, he told city officials on Tuesday afternoon. Continue reading »

May 152013
 

The “Carnation” Grill. (Illustration by Jean-Paul Villere for UptownMessenger.com)

Jean-Paul Villere

So the iconic Camellia Grill may be getting a facelift, if you’ve kept up with recent current events?  Apparently its new owners are in breach of contract with the previous owner to the degree that the pink-and-green flower paired with the title of the namesake diner may become a memory.  While Camellia Grill has a longstanding line (pun intended) of devotees and tourists alike, I must say I am in that number.  And if legal motions require a makeover then so be it.  I mean what’s fair is fair, but there’s no use in crying over spilt chocolate freeze, is there?  The essence of the grill would remain unchanged (I’d hope!), so call it whatever.  Besides, who cares?  I can think of two recent local brouhahas regarding rebranding.  Starting with the Pelicans! Continue reading »

May 142013
 

Stan Norwood (center) speaks as Neighbors United president Andrew Amacker (standing) takes ideas for reducing crime in the Freret neighborhood Tuesday night. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Amid an ongoing discussion of ways to permanently reduce crime in the Freret neighborhood, residents are hoping for a $6,000 grant to create a network of 12 ProjectNOLA surveillance cameras near hotspots for drug dealing and gunplay. Continue reading »

May 142013
 

Wilbert Wilson (center) cuts hair in front of at Mr. Chill’s First Class Cuts on South Carrollton on Aug. 31, 2012, following Hurricane Isaac. His setup with a generator-powered fan and clippers is similar to what he used in a gas station parking lot after Hurricane Katrina. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The shop at the corner of General Pershing and South Derbigny streets where Mr. Chill’s Broadmoor Dogs and Sweet Pastries will open next month. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The opening of Mr. Chill’s First Class Cuts barber shop on South Carrollton Avenue following Hurricane Katrina was hailed as one of many signs of the New Orleans’ rebirth. Now, Mr. Chill is expanding back home to Broadmoor to open a hot dog and pastry shop in his old corner store in what should possibly be seen as evidence of the city’s further growth. Continue reading »

May 142013
 

jewel bush

When I was driving on Carrollton Avenue yesterday, I was greeted by what I thought was a timely message: “NOLA NEEDS PEACE.” Days after a mass shooting left 19 people injured at a second line on Mother’s Day, no one can dispute the call for peace and an end to the violence that plagues — and numbs — the New Orleans community.

But, then I read the rest of the sign: “NOT MORE ABORTION.”

Huh!? Continue reading »

May 132013
 

Lycee Francais board members (from left) Ben Castoriano, Alysson Mills, Catherine MacPhaille, Erin Greenwald, Paige Saleun and Jean Montes at Monday night’s board meeting. Also present (but not pictured) were Jacqueline Simon, Tim Gray and Dan Henderson. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans governing board accepted three new members Monday night — one of whom will be seated immediately — and voted to begin contract negotiations with a San Francisco educator to become the school’s new leader. Continue reading »

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May 132013
 

Oil on board by Charles Camion (Fr., 1879-1965), titled Village Street Scene (est. $15,000-$25,000).

A huge two-day estate auction featuring over 1,650 lots in a rainbow of categories will be held the weekend of May 18-19 by Crescent City Auction Gallery, in the firm’s gallery located at 1330 St. Charles Avenue. Lots 1-850 will be sold Saturday, May 18, and lots 851-1,651 will be sold Sunday, May 19. Start times both days will be 9 a.m. (CST).

Featured will be property from an Alabama gentleman collector, Part 2 of the estate of Charles Frank, and numerous prominent local and Southern estates. Offered will be original works of art (much of it by noted, listed artists), period American and European furniture, antique lamps and clocks, antique Chinese objects, estate jewelry and decorative accessories. Continue reading »

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May 132013
 

Owen Courreges

This past Tuesday, Senator Mary Landrieu proposed an amendment to the Water Resources Development Act that would stop the implementation of National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) premium increases that Congress imposed last year.  Senator David Vitter is co-sponsoring the amendment.

However, both agree that the NFIP needs to be self-sustaining.  Thus, Louisiana’s Senators are agreed first, that the NFIP should pay for itself, and secondly, that this should not result in massive premium increases that spur voters to kick their keisters out of office.

At first blush, it sounds like Louisiana’s Senators are saying that chocolate should taste good but shouldn’t make you get fat.  That’s not quite the case. Continue reading »

May 122013
 

A trench dug in early March to replace an underground pipe prior to the repaving of Broadway Street led to a power failure in the streetlights in the 1400 and 1500 blocks of Broadway, and the long wait for the streetlights to be repaired has frustrated even City Councilwoman Susan Guidry, according to a report by Bill Capo of our partners at WWL-TV.

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May 122013
 

Five or six teachers from Sylvanie Williams Elementary will join the six teachers remaining at Crocker Elementary next year, leaving only two faculty positions for the New Orleans College Prep administration to fill for the coming year, reports Joshua Johnston of The Lens. School leader Ben Kleban says the NOCP campuses — at Williams, Crocker and Walter L. Cohen High School — are diversifying away from young teachers from organizations like Teach for America, Johnston reports.

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May 112013
 

The batteries on the solar panels that power the school-zone lights have died on both sides of the International School of Louisiana, and parents and school officials are both concerned that a student could get hurt if they aren’t repaired, reports Bill Capo of our partners at WWL-TV.

May 112013
 

Walter L. Cohen High School has run a budget deficit since it was taken over by the Future Is Now charter network that also operates John McDonogh High School, and whether Future Is Now will continue running it depends on the financial contribution that the Recovery School District will agree to, according to a report by Della Hasselle of The Lens.

May 112013
 

The Camellia Grill, the white-colonnaded diner on South Carrollton, may lose its name and need substantive changes to its exterior after a judge’s decision in a licensing dispute over the shape of the building’s sign and a missing $200 royalty check, reports Richard Webster of The Times-Picayune. Owner Hichamm Khodr reopened the Camellia Grill in 2007 following Hurricane Katrina after buying it from Michael Schwartz, but was bound by a strict licensing agreement that permitted no changes to any aspect of the building’s logo, Webster reports.

If Khodr’s appeal to the Louisiana Supreme Court fails, he will have to change every aspect of the business that resembles the original Camellia Grill, including the name, appearance of the building and the servers’ uniforms, Webster reports.