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.
A former cotton press on Tchoupitoulas dating back more than 100 years is slated to become a kitchen cooking fresh, healthy meals for local schools next year, with office space in front and 52 apartments next door as part of a riverfront development just blocks away from the former Entergy power plant.
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.
Neighbors concerned about the future of two large Uptown properties near Audubon Park — an apartment complex on Tchoupitoulas and a mental health facility on Calhoun — received hopeful signs Tuesday night that the city is inclined to prevent major changes to either of them.
J’Anitas has launched a curiously named satellite — Stihl-Moore J’Anitas — at Grits bar on Lyons Street, while Martinique Bistro chef Matthew Kopfler has launched his PPX pop-up on Wednesdays at F&M Patio Bar, at the end of the block on Tchoupitoulas, writes Ian McNulty of Gambit.
The new owner of an apartment complex at Tchoupitoulas and State streets is renovating the large collection of units there in hopes attracting college students and tenants with ties to nearby Children’s Hospital, property managers said Wednesday, possibly bringing some short-term reassurance to nearby neighbors worried that the lot could become a major commercial medical development.
The proposed expansion of a Magazine Street bar, the possibility of a commercial development on Tchoupitoulas, and a child-care center on a residential block are all drawing the wary attention of their neighbors in Uptown’s Audubon-Riverside neighborhood.
Monday morning’s downpour caused street flooding across the New Orleans area, including along Tchoupitoulas and through the Lower Garden District.
A 51-year-old man was gunned down at noon Sunday on an small road between Tchoupitoulas Street and the river, police said.
On the floor of her shotgun home, her hands bound with a pair of her tights and a sweater wrapped around her head as a blindfold, the sassy, self-described computer geek known to much of New Orleans as “Liz Money” tried to keep calm and avoid making any sound that might aggravate the man ransacking her house, her mind teeming with rapid-fire questions as she struggled to figure out how to stay alive.
After turning her house and her life upside down in a search for a safe that she never had, the man left without harming her. But in the week since that traumatic evening, another home has been invaded under nearly identical circumstances, her own home has been broken into yet again, and the mystery has only deepened as to why she has become a target in what New Orleans police are calling someone else’s drug vendetta.
Two Uptown New Orleans homes were broken into this week by men who tied up the women inside and then ransacked the home in cases that police say share so many similarities that they are almost certainly related.
In separate cases, police have also seen a rash of gun violence in the Leonidas area and captured a man they say stole a stack of computers from a Freret Street nonprofit, officers and investigators said Wednesday at the weekly meeting of the NOPD’s Uptown-based Second District.
Two second lines will parade through areas of Uptown New Orleans this weekend, one running the length of Central City on Saturday and another looping through the neighborhoods around Louisiana Avenue on Sunday.
The driver, 25-year-old Abhishek Bhansali, was legally drunk last year when his car hit a Metairie man, and he pleaded guilty Wednesday to negligent homicide, reports Gwen Filosa of The Times Picayune.
The latter portion of the parade is primarily on Louisiana Avenue. Stops along the route include the Ash Cultural Arts Center on Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard, Silkey’s on Magnolia Street, The Other Place on Foucher Street, LeRoux on Louisiana Avenue, ending at the Rock Bottom Lounge on Tchoupitoulas.
The second line is slated to begin at 1 p.m.
The Prince of Wales 82nd Annual Second Line will parade through several Uptown neighborhoods Sunday.
A man caught on surveillance camera running from an Uptown store where a smartphone was stolen is being sought by police, who released his image Thursday morning.