In a flurry of recent restaurant news around Uptown, the Rouses store on Tchoupitoulas has opened a sit-down restaurant, a new barbecue restaurant is going in next to Le Bon Temps Roule on Magazine, Velvet Espresso is opening a location on O.C. Haley Boulevard, and Dunbar’s is moving again.
The mere mention of the words evokes fear in the minds of many New Orleanians: “Central City.” With a violent crime rate among the highest or New Orleans neighborhoods, the words are virtually synonymous with poverty, crime and seemingly insurmountable social disorder.
This being the case, one would think that nobody would be rushing to become Central City’s lead cheerleader. However, District B City Councilwoman Stacy Head has embraced the role wholeheartedly.
Nearly $75 million in investments have already been made along O.C. Haley Boulevard, City Councilwoman Stacy Head told our partners at WWL, and supporters are hoping the area is next in line for a residential and commercial renaissance akin to that on Freret Street. This weekend’s Crescent City Tour of Homes and O.C. Haley Art Market (as well as Thursday night’s Patron Party) are all intended to showcase the improvements that have already been made to the neighborhood and the potential for future growth.