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 »

Aug 212011

2101 South Carrollton, the proposed site of the Konbini coffeehouse and convenience store (Robert Morris,

The rejection of a controversial Carrollton coffeeshop, the approval of alcohol sales at a new Walgreens on Claiborne, and other land-use matters on Oak Street, in Milan and in the Garden District were given final decisions this week by the New Orleans City Council. Continue reading »

Jun 112011

Patois' Tru Burger is slammed on their first day of business Friday afternoon on Oak Street. Tru Burger is a partnership between Aaron Burgau, Leon Touzet, Pierre Touzet and Marcus Woodham, all from Patois.T hey grind their own meat and serve gluten-free buns. Veggie burgers, hot dogs and milkshakes will also be served. "Best bun and fries in the city hands down," said diner Quinton Terrio during Tru Burger's grand opening. (Sabree Hill,

The steady lines of enthusiastic diners Friday on Oak Street for Tru Burger’s opening may soon find an addition to the restaurant’s succinct menu of burgers, fries hot dogs and milkshakes: a cold beer.

On Thursday, less than 24 hours before he was scheduled to open, Patois and Tru Burger co-owner Leon Touzet III met with the Carrollton-Riverbend Neighborhood Association about his desire for a low-volume alcohol license. The restaurant is based on the simple concept of a neighborhood location for high-quality burgers, fries and milkshakes, and alcohol is not an important part of the equation, Touzet told the group. Continue reading »

May 102011

Robberies have been reported all over Uptown New Orleans over the weekend. Numbers on the markers indicate the date of the robbery.

Robberies were reported at eight different addresses around Uptown New Orleans neighborhoods over the weekend — four in the Riverbend area, two in the Hurstville neighborhoods near Audubon Park, and one each in the Freret and Touro neighborhoods. Police deemed the spree “very unusual” and encouraged anyone with information about any of the incidents to call either the Second District at 658-6020, or, to leave an anonymous tip that is eligible for a cash reward, call CrimeStoppers at 822-1111.

See below for a full list of the robberies. Continue reading »

May 062011

Round card girl Katie Budge holds up a card before walking on the ring at December's Friday Night Fights. (Sabree Hill,

Friday evening brings the return of Freret Street’s celebrated monthly outdoor boxing matches and tailgating party, and Saturday morning several Uptown New Orleans neighborhoods invite you to join them for a walk. Continue reading »

Feb 172011

Cowbell on Oak Street and Pepperoni Cafe on nearby Hampson Street will be allowed to sell alcoholic beverages, the New Orleans City Council decided Thursday morning, but Bean Brothers Lounge was denied permission to reopen on Danneel Street in Central City. Continue reading »

Feb 032011

Boundaries of the liquor-license moratorium proposed for the Riverbend area run roughly along Birch Street, Broadway Avenue, along Audubon Park and the Mississippi River.

Two Uptown restaurants seeking liquor licenses – and a modified ban on new alcohol permits in the Carrollton area – will come before the New Orleans City Council at its 3 p.m. meeting today, as will the proposed Gabrielle restaurant.

Cowbell on Oak Street and Ignatius on Magazine Street both have the recommendation of the City Planning Commission for permission to sell alcohol, while the Gabrielle was denied its recommendation to convert the Uptowner banquet hall on Henry Clay Avenue into a full-time restaurant.

Meanwhile, the city council is also considering modifying its general ban on new liquor licenses in the neighborhoods around Riverbend area. Continue reading »

Dec 102010

A new restaurant called Cowbell planned for the far Uptown end of Oak Street is nearing an agreement with its neighbors to be able to serve alcohol, despite a city moratorium on new liquor licenses in the area.

The Carrollton-Riverbend Neighborhood Association generally supports allowing Cowbell to serve drinks, if the restaurant’s owners will sign and abide by a good-neighbor agreement, said association president Jerry Speir at a Thursday night meeting. Continue reading »