Sep 022014

Business owners leasing a property on North Galvez Street near the Lafitte Greenway project want to sell alcohol (photo from a City Planning Commission report).

The New Orleans City Planning Commission is divided over whether or not to allow a Treme grocery near the Lafitte Greenway sell alcohol for off-premises consumption. The decision goes before New Orleans City Council on Thursday.

The property in question is located on 432 N. Galvez St., along the Lafitte Corridor. The building, which is presently leased but unoccupied, would be turned into a grocery market called Overflowing Grace Market, according to the applicants.

Owners are required to apply for a permit to sell the alcohol because, in recent years, City Council has made several zoning changes to the area to accommodate the forthcoming Lafitte Greenway, a 2.6 mile multi-use trail connecting the French Quarter to Bayou St. John. The Lafitte Corridor section has been rezoned as a park district, and neighboring areas have been designated as new interim zoning districts.

According to a City Planning Commission report sent to New Orleans City Council, planning officials voted four in favor of a conditional use permit, which would permit the sale of alcohol, and four against it. Those who voted against had concerns that the sale of alcohol would encourage unwanted behaviors in the city’s new park. Construction for the $9.1 million Lafitte Greenway kicked off in March. Continue reading »

Sep 022014

The Faubourg Marigny land that once housed the famous Hubig’s Pie bakery has recently become available through Soniat Realty, Inc. Two years after the fire that claimed the historic landmark, the now vacant land (formerly known as 2415, 2419-21 and 2423 Dauphine) is conveniently located just two blocks off of Elysian Fields Avenue and the new streetcar line. The property may be purchased in its entirety or subdivided into as many as three lots. Current zoning is HMR-3 which allows for a variety of uses. Continue reading »

Sep 022014

Several years ago, restaurant entrepreneur Skip Murray set out to open what he hoped would become the best hot dog joint in the city of New Orleans. Called “Dat Dog,” Murray’s franchise flourished within three years of opening, drawing customers to enjoy dogs with Big Easy twists at locations on Freret, Magazine and Frenchman streets.

Dis & Dat is slated to open in Mid-City this Thursday (photo courtesy of owner Skip Murray).

The restaurateur teamed with Constantine Georges, a 22-year-veteran of the U.S. Attorney’s Office and brother of businessman John Georges, to open “the shed,” the first Dat Dog location.  Serving favorites such as Turducken dogs and Crawfish Etouffee fries, the joint quickly became a hit, and was the first of many restaurants to boom along Freret street and help jumpstart the area’s revitalization.

Now, Murray is branching out once again to open Dis & Dat, a new burger and hot dog joint that will start serving dishes in Mid-City as early as this week. Slated for a “soft opening” on 2540 Banks Street this Tuesday, the location will offer “the best hamburgers and of course the best hot dogs to be found in the Crescent City,” Murray says. Continue reading »

Sep 012014

A woman was arrested after shooting a man who was allegedly trying to force his way into her apartment Monday afternoon, according to New Orleans police.

First District detectives arrested 26-year-old Martynenez Grigsby for her role in the shooting of the 20-year-old victim during the incident on the 2600 block of Poydras Street, Officer Frank Robertson III said in an initial report. Continue reading »

Sep 012014

At around 7:25 a.m. Monday morning, “a good samaritan” found a 3-year-old boy wandering near the intersection of South Carrollton and Ulloa Street, NOPD Officer Frank Robertson III said in a report.

Police arrived and brought him to the NOPD’s Juvenile Bureau. The mother then phoned in from work before noon on Monday.

Robertson said the investigation will continue to determine if charges will be filed.

This story was updated when the child’s mother phoned in.

Sep 012014

Finn McCool’s proprietor Pauline Patterson rolled out the bar’s beginning menu Monday, as workers wrap up kitchen renovations and repainting jobs in time for the bar to undergo new changes.

The bar will go smoke free starting this week, and will simultaneously offer several items from the brand-new restaurant, dubbed The Kitchen at Finn McCool’s.

Previously, Patterson had said that she wanted to have food in time for the Saints season opener against the Atlanta Falcons this weekend.

Here’s the menu, which will be rotated to offer different items every day: Continue reading »

Sep 012014

A 19-year-old man was cut in the face with a bottle following a fight (NOPD).

A fight that broke out in an establishment on Tulane Avenue in Mid-City over the weekend ended with a man going to the hospital after he was struck in the face with a bottle, New Orleans police said.

Police said a 19-year-old man was exiting the bathroom on the 4000 block of Tulane Avenue Saturday night at about 9 p.m. when a fight ensued. An unknown female who witnessed the fight intervened and struck his forehead with a bottle, according to the report.

Both victims fled on foot, and the victim relocated to University Hospital to get treatment for his minor lacerations, police said.

Aug 302014
Retired Gen. Russell Honore speaks at the GreenARMY Katrina commemoration at Xavier University. (Zach Brien for

Retired Gen. Russell Honore speaks at the GreenARMY Katrina commemoration at Xavier University. (Zach Brien for

As New Orleans continues to recover from the devastation that followed Hurricane Katrina nine years ago, the city should be unified in its opposition to a plan to reroute trains from Old Metairie through Hollygrove and Mid-City, retired Lt. Gen. Russell Honore and local allies said Saturday morning. Continue reading »

Aug 282014

A rendering of where parent drop-off will be on Lopez Street for the new Morris Jeff Community School Building, slated to open in December. (image via Morris Jeff Community School)

The new Morris Jeff Community School building may not have enough parking spaces for faculty and staff, Principal Patricia Perkins announced at a recent board of director’s meeting for the school.

According to Perkins, the site, slated to open in December at 211 South Lopez Street, only has 20 parking spots in the lot. The school has around 75 faculty members.

“We knew it was going to be an issue but we are determined to do something about it,” Perkins told board members. “We have to be cognizant and be creative and do something to figure this out.” Continue reading »

Aug 272014


(Photo by Marta Jewson for

Warren Easton Charter High School board members will host a dance for the classes of the 1970’s this October, the first reunion for those alumni since before Hurricane Katrina.

At a recent board meeting, members voted unanimously to approve the request. Warren Easton alumni Theresa Smith, David Raderger, Vera Seals, and Wanda Elum came to represent the classes of the 1970’s and to discuss the plans for the reunion.

Smith said that the idea came about when she attended the Warren Easton Alumni summer dance last year. She said that the classes from the 1970’s hadn’t had a reunion since before Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Continue reading »