City sets aside alcohol case against The Uptowner; Jimmy’s and Grit’s cases postponed until May

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The Uptowner, 438 Henry Clay Avenue.

Charges of maintaining a public nuisance against the Uptowner on Henry Clay Avenue that briefly appeared on the docket of the city’s alcohol board were formally set aside Tuesday afternoon amid ongoing legal battles over the site.

The reception hall where Chef Greg Sonnier fought for years to bring back his former Gabrielle restaurant was placed on the Alcohol Beverage Control Board agenda for the nuisance charge in February, though it was not heard that month or in March. In March, Sonnier announced that he would be the executive chef at the new Kingfish restaurant in the French Quarter, and that he was putting The Uptowner up for sale.

On Tuesday, city attorney Dan McNamara asked the Alcohol Beverage Control board to continue the matter “without date,” essentially postponing the issue indefinitely. The complaint began as a tax problem that evolved to include some permitting issues, McNamara said, but ongoing litigation between the city and The Uptowner may make the alcohol case unnecessary, he said.

The board had no objection. Neither Sonnier nor his attorney attended the hearing.

Two other pending Uptown cases were also continued until the board’s May 21 meeting: Grits bar on Lyons Street and Jimmy’s Music Club on Willow. McNamara offered no explanation for the continuances, but Jimmy’s attorney Michael Tifft suggested that his client may be working toward a resolution.

“We have been attempting to work out our differences with the city of New Orleans,” Tifft said. “An additional 30 days might help facilitate that.”

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One thought on “City sets aside alcohol case against The Uptowner; Jimmy’s and Grit’s cases postponed until May

  1. The Uptowner is not closed!!! We are open for business. We hosted a lovely wedding on Saturday night night and have other events booked despite the obstacles surrounding our business. Please do not spread rumors that we are closed! Thank you, The Uptowner

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