Annual Propeller Pop! gala celebrates social entrepreneurs this Wednesday

According to Propeller: A Force For Social Innovation, the nonprofit has accelerated over 215 entrepreneurs since 2011, and their ventures have created more than 485 jobs and generated over $112 million in revenue and financing. Propeller will host its annual gala and celebrate social entrepreneurs and innovation in New Orleans this Wednesday, Nov. 6. Propeller Pop! will take place in the Propeller incubator (4035 Washington Ave.) and will feature more than 10 popup restaurants, a tasting room by Roulaison Distilling Co., a silent auction, and more.

Coast Roast Coffee opening Friday on Magazine

Coast Roast Coffee Shops is opening a new, stand-alone location Uptown on Magazine Street. The shop is ready for a Friday, Oct. 18, opening, owner Kevin Pedeaux said. The Coast Roast brand has been served for the past decade in businesses around town, and from its coffee shops in two of the city’s markets. To help celebrate Friday’s opening, Honduran farmers who supply coffee beans to Coast Roast will viwi5 the shop from 5 to 8 p.m..

Windowsill Pies to open a cafe on Freret Street

A new addition will soon join the mix of restaurants along Freret Street. This one will offer all-natural handmade pies, both sweet and savory. Windowsill Pies, an 8-year-old catering and wholesale bakery, is planning a cafe with artisan pies and tarts. The goal is to be open by Thanksgiving, said Nicole Eiden, who co-owns Windowsill with Marielle Dupré. “It will be a European-style cafe — multi-generational,” Eiden said.

Molly’s Rise and Shine won’t be serving mimosas anytime soon

Molly’s Rise and Shine, the quirky Magazine Street breakfast spot run by one of the city’s rising culinary stars, appeared to be on its way to getting a liquor license approved Thursday. It had the backing of the City Planning Commission as well as a crowd of enthusiastic supporters, who packed the Council Chambers for a hearing and City Council vote. In the end, however, the attempt failed. Council members voted to deny the building at First Street and Magazine commercial zoning and a conditional use that would allow the owners to apply for a permit to sell alcohol. “With these zoning issues, we put in an inordinate amount of time trying to work things out,” said District B Councilman Jay Banks, holding a thick stack of comment cards before the hearing.

Drinks are flowing again under new ownership at Parasol’s, reports

Parasol’s Restaurant & Bar, the classic Irish Channel gathering place, is serving drinks again, at least on weekends for now, under new ownership, Ian McNulty reports on NOLA. com. The building’s new owners, Mark Bruser and Kimberlee Banning, have obtained a liquor license and are opening the Constance Street bar Friday through Sunday as renovations continue. The bar was dry for about four months after a city lawsuit over unpaid taxes left the former owners unable to renew the liquor license.  

Two Uptown restaurants cited for violating federal labor laws

Two popular Uptown restaurants have come under fire by the U.S. Department of Labor in the past week, resulting in financial penalties. After a 13-year-old worker suffered third-degree burns from hot oil in the Jacques-Imo’s Café kitchen, the  Oak Street eatery was found to have violated a litany of child labor laws, according to a press release from the Department of Labor. It was fined $55,288 in civil penalties. Then the DOL announced that Superior Grill and Oyster Bar on St. Charles Avenue was ordered to pay back wages and damages to 222 employees, totaling $238,300.

NOLA Vegan Café: Former social worker brings plant-based cuisine to Leonidas

At the corner of Leonidas and Spruce sits the Community Commitment Education Center, a public space for neighborhood engagement, summer programs for children, and now a plant-based restaurant. Formerly Stella’s Coffee House, the kitchen space at 1923 Leonidas St. is now officially home to NOLA Vegan Café, which opens today, Oct. 1. The café is the work of Uptown’s Sonya Brown, a social worker and chef known for her vegan popups.

New micro-distillery to begin producing craft rum in Central City

Happy Raptor Distilling plans to start producing its signature line of craft spirits, 504Rum, this fall in Central City. Once the site of a graffiti-covered storage facility, the distillery’s location at 1512 Robert C. Blakes Sr. Drive (a two-block stretch of Carondelet Street) is nestled in a high-traffic but often overlooked area. The micro-distillery will feature a 2,000-square-foot production space and tasting room with an adjacent back patio. The revitalized space will feature  a custom-built copper still and a mural by local artist Hill Landry. The Happy Raptor team plans to begin production later this month and will open for private events shortly thereafter.

Eater NOLA: Taco restaurant on Tchoupitoulas to feature heavy metal theme

A heavy metal and South American folklore-themed taco restaurant and bar — specializing in trompo al pastor tacos, homemade tortillas and algave spirits — is coming to the Irish Channel,  Eater NOLA reports. El Cucuy New Orleans, under construction at 3507 Tchoupitoulas St., will feature a restored Airstream trailer and an aesthetic influenced by “mythical monsters” and heavy metal music, according to Eater NOLA’s Clair Lorell. Read the full story at

Restaurant with bar, outdoor dining space planned for former Freret Service Center

By Nicholas Reimann, Uptown Messenger

After sitting unused for more than four years, the prime corner that used to be home to the Freret Service Center in the heart of the Freret corridor may be the latest addition to the area’s restaurant scene — complete with a full bar and large patio dining area. Work has been underway for months at the site of the decades-old auto shop at the corner of Freret and Valence streets, with broad speculation in the Freret neighborhood about what might go in its place. A recent renovation permit filing with the city sheds some light on that — calling for a new restaurant largely centered on patio dining. A proposed floor plan sent to the city shows much of the restaurant’s seating would be in outdoor dining spaces totaling more than 1,000 square feet right off Freret Street. A more than 3,000-square-foot indoor area — utilizing the existing structure — would house the bar, kitchen, bathrooms and indoor dining room farther away from the street.