May 122017

Accardo is proposing to convert two of the former residential units on the second floor of the double shotgun into an endodontic clinic.

By Claire Byun

A proposed dental clinic in the City Park neighborhood scored approval from the zoning board this week, leaving some residents worried about already-tight parking spaces in the area.

The New Orleans Board of Zoning Appeals approved a waiver to reduce parking space for the proposed clinic – located at 605 Carrollton Ave. – at their meeting Monday. The shotgun’s zoning requires at least five off-street parking spots for the business, but the building’s owner said similar businesses in the area have only supplied three spaces. Continue reading »

Apr 302017

Pro-monument protestors can be seen in front of the Jefferson Davis monument across from The Holy Ground bar.

By Claire Byun

A popular Mid-City Bar is at the center of controversy after pro-monument protestors say they were refused service by bar staff. The bar’s staff, however, said they haven’t refused anyone, but have been barraged with negative reviews by those supporting the Confederate flag.

The Holy Ground, a popular local bar on the corner of Canal Street and South Jefferson Davis Parkway, has received poor online reviews from pro-monument protestors camping out at the Jefferson Davis Monument, staff say. Those protestors say the bar has refused them service and “trash talks” them while “liquoring up the enemy.” Continue reading »

Apr 202017

A rendering of the former Times Picayune Annex warehouse project (Albert Architecture via NORF).

By Claire Byun

A mostly-blighted property off the Lafitte Greenway is undergoing major development this year thanks to a warehouse restoration project.

The New Orleans Redevelopment Fund (NORF) officially broke ground on restoring the former Times Picayune Annex warehouse on 2720 St. Louis St Wednesday. The $4 million project will restore the warehouse to a mix of offices, retail and possibly eateries fronting the Greenway with a hopeful completion date of early 2018. Continue reading »

Apr 132017

Church Alley Coffee Shop will celebrate their Mid-City location with a grand opening on Saturday (Claire Byun).

By Claire Byun

A former Central City coffee shop opened its doors in a new Mid-City location last week, and locals say the small eatery is fitting in well with the neighborhood.

Church Alley Coffee Bar, now located at 4201 Canal St., moved from Central City a few months ago. Renee Blanchard, owner, said she wanted a location with a little less commercial structures and more community appeal.

“We really wanted to be settled into a neighborhood,” Blanchard said. “Mid-City is a place i’ve wanted to come for a long time.” Continue reading »

Mar 292017

Via Robert Becker with Digital Frontier.

A bicycle-friendly beer and wine garden is one step closer to landing on the Lafitte Greenway – with plenty of bike parking, of course.

Plans for a proposed bar near the Toulouse Street end of the Lafitte Greenway were approved by the City Planning Commission at their regular meeting Tuesday. The bar is being developed by three business partners who have other developments – including bars – throughout the city. Continue reading »

Mar 282017

The main course for Guest Chef Night was New​ ​Orleans​ ​Crawfish-Stuffed​ ​Chicken​ ​with​ ​Charred​ ​Scallion​ ​Gravy, Field​ ​Peas​ ​and​ ​Popcorn​ ​Rice. (Zach Brien, MidCityMessenger.com)

The Central Business District is getting a little fresher next month, thanks to a local program that helps young people achieve personal and economic independence.

Liberty’s Kitchen, a social enterprise that seeks to give young adults the tools they need to further their lives, is expanding to the CBD. The program will assume management of the cafeteria in the Freeport-McMoRan Building, located at 1615 Poydras St., starting April 24. Continue reading »

Mar 222017

(via gulfbank.com)

The Carrollton branch of Gulf Coast Bank & Trust Company will host a free small business seminar on Wednesday, March 29 from 8:30 to 10 a.m.

The seminar will be hosted by Commercial Lender Eric Van Hoven and presented by small business advisors Danny Allday (CPA), Andrew Legrand (attorney), James C Hou (insurance). Continue reading »

Mar 222017

The new development would combine office suites with room for commercial retail, such as a drug store or coffee shop.

By Claire Byun

Despite opposition from a few neighbors and the Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans, the demolition of the former Le Petit Motel has been approved.

The New Orleans Neighborhood Conservation District Advisory Committee approved a request to demolish the former auto motel on 2836 Tulane Ave at its regular meeting Monday. The committee previously deferred the vote so developers could bring the plan to the Mid-City Neighborhood Organization for input. Continue reading »