City seizes the blighted Buddy Bolden house, reports

The city seized the blighted Central City shotgun where legendary jazz pioneer Buddy Bolden once lived, stating the owner, Greater St. Stephen Ministries, let fines for minimum property maintenance pile up unpaid, Doug MacCash reports on Grammy winning musician PJ Morton, the son of the St. Stephen pastors, announced plans in 2019 to renovate the Bolden house at 2309-11 First St. and a twin shotgun double next door into a museum and community recording studio, but has allowed it to deteriorate for years.

St. Joe’s Bar plans to reopen at end of January, The Times-Picayune reports

Boarded up since Hurricane Ida in August, St. Joe’s Bar on Magazine and Joseph streets plans to reopen at the end of January, Ian McNulty reports on Proprietor Charlie Thompson told McNulty he has been focusing on his other business, Uptown Costume & Dancewear, but is now working to staff the bar for a reopening.

City won’t restore Thoth’s traditional Uptown route, Times-Picayune reports

The city will not readjust the Krewe of Thoth’s 2022 route to allow the parade to bring Carnival to patients in medical institutions along its idiosyncratic path that includes Henry Clay Avenue, Doug MacCash reports in The Times-Picayune | New Orleans Advocate and The New Orleans Police Department does not plan to accommodate krewe officials’ proposal to remove the downtown section of the parade to keep its traditional route deep into the Uptown neighborhood, Mayor’s Office spokesperson Beau Tidwell told MacCash. “The routes announced in December will stand for this season,” Tidwell said.

Dunbar’s restaurant has closed, reports

Dunbar’s Creole Cuisine is closing after serving up soul food to generations of New Orleanians, Ian McNulty reports on Owner Celestina “Tina” Dunbar told McNulty that losses from Hurricane Ida were the last straw for the family-run business, which opened on Oak Street before spending two decades on Freret, where it closed after the building flooded in 2005. After it briefly operated on the Loyola University campus, the restaurant opened on Earhart Boulevard in Gert Town in 2017.

Irish Channel residents work to combat noxious fumes, reports

Irish Channel residents joined forces with residents of Jefferson Parish’s west bank to rid themselves of a noxious smell that has been wafting through their neighborhoods and into their homes for the past two years, Halle Parker reports on, prompting 850 complaints with the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality. The DEQ identified a west bank bulk liquid storage complex known as BWC Harvey as a possible culprit and has installed an air monitor on Tchoupitoulas Street. The citizens group, backed by the New Orleans City Council, is asking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Gov. John Bel Edwards to suspend BWC Harvey’s pollution permit for review.

The Columns sold to owner of The Drifter

The stately Columns Hotel on St. Charles Avenue has been sold to the owner of the eclectic Drifter Hotel on Tulane Avenue, reports. Jacques and Claire Creppel, who revived 135-year-old Uptown institution after buying it 40 years ago, are now in their 80s, and their children are not interested in taking it over, according to reporter Anthony McAuley. The new owner is Jayson Seidman, a former Wall Street banker who has developed seven boutique hotels, including two in New Orleans. The Columns is on the National Register of Historic Places, which restricts changes to the exterior.