Apr 042015
 
DatBiereTap

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

National Beer Day
is April 7th

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 032015
 
Chawa at the Freret St. Festival. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Chawa performs at the Freret Street Festival in 2014. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Zach Brien)

From its roots as an annual showcase of the revitalization of Freret Street, the Freret Street Festival will return this weekend as a true kickoff to festival season with top-tier local musical acts, an array of food and many other only-in-New Orleans offerings. Continue reading »

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Apr 022015
 
Police officers examine a gun confiscated after an apprehension following a brief robbery spree along Magazine Street and Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Police officers examine a gun confiscated after an apprehension following a brief robbery spree along Magazine Street and Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

(map via NOPD)

(map via NOPD)

A mid-afternoon Uptown robbery spree by a preteen with a BB-gun was halted almost immediately after it started Thursday, following a swift arrest by New Orleans police officers. Continue reading »

Apr 022015
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Louisiana donors will get their first chance to view former Florida Governor Jeb Bush’s all-but-declared presidential candidacy up close and personal when Bush comes to New Orleans on April 15 as the special guest at U.S. Sen. David Vitter’s fundraising reception. Dozens of Louisiana’s heavy-hitter Republican donors — and a few Democrats too — are sure to find their way to the Metairie estate of Joe Canizaro, one of the most prolific bundlers in the Gulf South. Continue reading »

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Apr 012015
 
A rendering by Garrity Accardo architects of the redevelopment along Freret near Cadiz. (via nola.gov)

A rendering by Garrity Accardo architects of the redevelopment along Freret near Cadiz. (via nola.gov)

Workers have added a new wall enclosing the former laundry on the old Frank's Steak House site on Freret Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Workers have added a new wall enclosing the former laundry on the old Frank’s Steak House site on Freret Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The new owners of the former Frank’s Steakhouse have revealed some details of the tenants they have lined up for their redevelopment on Freret Street — including a yogurt shop, a wine bar, a juice bar and professional offices — as nearby residents begin discussing the impact of the new apartments planned for the site. Continue reading »

Apr 012015
 
(Illustration by Jean-Paul Villere for UptownMessenger.com)

(Illustration by Jean-Paul Villere for UptownMessenger.com)

Jean-Paul Villere

Jean-Paul Villere

For more months than I care to count, and for surely as many more to come, I have been watching and experiencing firsthand the utter madness that is the ongoing construction along Napoleon Avenue.  All for the sake of what we all cross our fingers will be improved drainage.  Hold your breath, boss!  Residing where I do half a block off of the thoroughfare in the middle of the stretch just two short blocks to Freret Street, the impact has been a daily reminder to take nothing for granted and be ready for anything.  Some weeks I can cross Napoleon at my street, most I can’t.  Some days I do a U-turn at Loyola, others it’s like a whimsical journey into the unknown peppered with hungry potholes and vaporous boundaries.  But with all these catch as catch U-turns, that’s when it hit me: why isn’t the Freret intersection a rotary anyway? Continue reading »

Apr 012015
 

Milton Bangham (via opcso.org)

Milton Bangham (via opcso.org)

A 34-year-old man will spend more than three decades in jail after pleading guilty Tuesday to manslaughter in a 2013 shooting that killed a 14-year-old boy for “no apparent reason” just steps away from a late-afternoon party in Central City, authorities said. Continue reading »

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Apr 012015
 

(via kingsleyhouse.org)

(via kingsleyhouse.org)

Kingsley House has closed on funding for construction of a new 24,000-square-foot facility on Constance Street. The new Patrick F. Taylor campus will increase capacity for both the agency’s Early Head Start program and housing for its Adult Health Care and Senior center program. Continue reading »

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Mar 302015
 

Owen Courreges

Collegiality and basic civility where in short supply this past week when the city council passed two controversial street name changes – as I originally predicted they would. Sadly, this is what happens when those elected scamps start to break the rules.

Usually, rules are there for a reason. They’re the bedrock of civilized discourse, the roux of the gumbo of organized government, and the something-something of something (note to self: think up more metaphors). With the run-up to the council’s decision, rules the rest of us learned in nursery school were broken left and right, to wit: Continue reading »

Mar 272015
 
A rendering of the new CVS pharmacy slated for the corner of Louisiana and Magazine. (courtesy of Avery Koontes / Sherman Strategies)

A rendering of the remodeled CVS pharmacy slated for the corner of Louisiana and Magazine. (image by Genesis Design Group, courtesy of Avery Cootes / Sherman Strategies)

The New Orleans City Council gave enthusiastic approval to a plan to remodel the former Blockbuster Video building at the edge of the Garden District into a CVS pharmacy, but several members said the city should be looking for a way to restrict the growing density of chain stores on Magazine Street. Continue reading »