Sep 272012

NOLA Brewing on Tchoupitoulas is adding a bar space for tastings and has just released a new beer; more details are emerging on the future of the former Rocky’s Pizzeria space on Magazine; Sara’s Bistro on Dublin Street has a new chef and a new approach; and the French restaurant C’est La Vie has closed on Magazine Street. Continue reading »

Mar 302011

Michael J. Dardar

A man who has already confessed to four business burglaries has been definitively linked to another, and more charges are still expected, investigators said Wednesday during the weekly meeting of the NOPD Second District’s ranking officers.

Meanwhile, as investigators continue speaking to Dardar, they are becoming more interested in his unusual personality and life story, they said as they reviewed his case Wednesday. Continue reading »

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Mar 242011

Michael J. Dardar (via

A man police found hiding under a house with a secret horde of cash drawers and other possibly-stolen items has confessed to four of the business burglaries that plagued the Riverbend earlier this year, and he may be responsible for as many as a dozen, police said Thursday.

For the past month, ever since the break-ins intensified just before Mardi Gras, police had been scouring the streets around Maple, Oak, and Hampson in hopes of identifying a suspect or at least discouraging more burglaries. Early Monday morning, Michael J. Dardar, 34, was found under a house in the 800 block of South Carrollton Avenue, after extensive surveillance of the suspected hiding spot by a police task force led by Sgt. Ron Dassel. Continue reading »

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