Sep 062012

The former yoga studio now slated to become a Mellow Mushroom pizza restaurant on Oak Street, photographed in June. (Robert Morris,

Two new restaurants planned for opposite ends of Uptown — the Mellow Mushroom pizzeria on Oak Street, and Mais Arepas Colombian diner on Carondelet in Central City — both passed the City Council with flying colors Thursday morning, as council members lined up to express their enthusiasm for both projects. Continue reading »

Aug 282012

A passer-by lends a hand as Hank Staples affixes an “Open for Business” sign to the boarded-up front of Maple Leaf Bar on Oak Street. (Robert Morris,

Employees board up the windows at Chiba, another Oak Street business planning to stay open as much as possible through the storm. (Robert Morris,

As the winds of Hurricane Isaac began picking up on Oak Street on Tuesday morning, boards may have covered the shopfront windows, but nothing could cover the owners’ spirits.

“Oak Street is open for businesses,” said Chiba owner Keith Dusko. “The 8300 block, anyway.” Continue reading »

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Aug 222012

Costumed paraders dance on Oak Street during Mid-Summer Mardi Gras in 2011. ( file photo by Sabree Hill)

With a theme of “Motorboatin’ on Oak,” the irreverent Krewe of O.A.K. will hold their annual Mid-Summer Mardi Gras parade through Carrollton, starting at the Maple Leaf Bar at 7:30 p.m., according to an event page on Facebook posted by the bar. Aaron LaFont of Offbeat magazine has a short preview.

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Jul 022012

The Uptown New Orleans burger scene has already improved greatly over the past year, but three more burger concepts are on the way: steamed organic burgers at Juicy D’s on Oak Street, the rapidly growing chain Smashburger in the 3300 block of Magazine, and the (literally) high-profile burger emporium Charcoal at Jackson and Magazine. The features of each are described in detail today by Brad Rhines and Mary-Devon Dupuy of NOLA Defender.

Jun 262012

Detectives wait for crime-scene technicians to come examine an SUV stolen in a carjacking on Dublin Street that was later found stashed in a carport behind a vacant home on Cambronne. (Robert Morris,

A woman who was being robbed of her SUV just off of Oak Street was shot at by her attacker when she tried to run away, police said. The woman was not hit and her vehicle was found minutes later in a west Carrollton yard, but the gunman remains at large. Continue reading »

Jun 192012

The former yoga studio now slated to become a Mellow Mushroom pizza restaurant on Oak Street. (Robert Morris,

As Oak Street’s status among New Orleans “going out” destinations continues to rise, a number of residents’ groups have engaged a planning firm to help them ensure that the “mixed use” commercial corridor evolves into something more diverse than a strip of bars and restaurants. Continue reading »

May 112012

A Mellow Mushroom pizza restaurant proposed for Oak Street garnered the initial support of the Carrollton-Riverbend Neighborhood Association this week, although they took issue with a plan to convert some of the corridor’s scarce off-street parking into an outdoor dining area. Continue reading »

May 102012

The Carrollton-Riverbend Neighborhood Association will meet tonight to discuss a good-neighbor agreement with the proposed Mellow Mushroom and other new restaurants on Oak Street, while the Irish Channel Neighborhood Association will hear from several local nonprofits at their monthly meeting tonight. Continue reading »

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Feb 142012

"WE DID IT!" Rebirth Brass Band announced Sunday night on their Facebook page,

The Maple Leaf Bar, where Rebirth Brass Band plays a weekly Tuesday night gig, will host a block party on Oak Street at 8 p.m. tonight to shower some love on the band after their Grammy win, reports

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Dec 082011

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

One of the ways to tell the future of any city or neighborhood is to find out if investors are willing to put up their money to underwrite new ventures. By that criterion, New Orleans’ Warehouse District is on a roll. Continue reading »

Nov 252011

Judges at this year’s Oak Street Po-Boy Festival named WOW Wingery Shanghai Shrimp Po-boy the “Best of Fest,” organizers announced today, and also awarded the Bread Pudding Po-Boy from Carrollton favorite Saltwater Grill the best specialty non-seafood entry. Continue reading »

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Sep 132011

This image, taken Tuesday from a gas station on Downman Road, shows a suspect identified as Trebor Blanton who is wanted in connection with several robberies at knifepoint around the Carrollton area. (via NOPD)

Investigators have released new images of a pair of men who held up the Rite Aid pharmacy on South Carrollton Avenue during Tropical Storm Lee and of a man now believed to be responsible for at least four robberies at knifepoint around the Carrollton neighborhoods. Continue reading »