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New jazz venue is in the works for North Broad near the Greenway

By Katherine Hart, Mid-City Messenger The stage is almost set for a jazz club on the corner of North Broad and Toulouse in Mid-City. The building’s owner, Sam Smith Jr., built that stage himself. Piece by piece, he has been steadily pursuing his dream of operating a jazz club in New Orleans. He wants to Read More…

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Hieux Boil Seafood House to open in former Namese spot on Tulane Avenue

By Marielle Songy, Mid-City Messenger Hieu Doan was at a crossroads. It was the middle of July 2020 when the owner of Namese, the beloved Vietnamese restaurant on Tulane Avenue, announced the restaurant’s closure. Like so many other businesses, the popular spot for pho had become a victim of the coronavirus pandemic. “We were forced Read More…

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Park Island Brew opens during pandemic because ‘people needed a place to go’

By Marielle Songy, Mid-City Messenger Park Island Brew Coffee House, on Gentilly Boulevard across from the Fair Grounds Race Course, is all about family and neighborhood. Kevin Davis, a 7th Ward resident, owns the building that houses Park Island Brew. He and his business partner, Chachera Brantley, first had the idea to open the coffee Read More…

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Pagoda Café opening its doors after 10-month hiatus

  By Marielle Songy, Mid-City Messenger Pagoda Café, the breakfast, lunch and coffee hot spot on Bayou Road and Dorgenois Street, is set to reopen on Thursday (Jan. 21). The 7th Ward café has been closed since March due to the coronavirus pandemic. Owner and manager Shana Sassoon made the difficult decision to temporarily shut Read More…

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Gabrielle Restaurant is closing its dining room, moving to take-out only

by Kristine Froeba, Mid-City Messenger Chef Greg Sonnier and his pastry chef wife Mary, owners of Gabrielle Restaurant, announced today that they are closing their dining room due to business losses related to COVID-19. A takeout menu will still be available, and a special Mardi Gras catering menu is in the works. “We are open Read More…

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Donald Rouse Sr. responds to Rouses Market boycott threats over photo at Capitol

The co-owner of Rouses Supermarkets, Donald Rouse Sr., issued a statement Thursday afternoon after a photo showing him at Wednesday’s pro-Trump demonstration at the U.S. Capitol went viral — setting off a social media furor and calls to boycott the store. In the statement, Rouse condemned the violence and said he left before the crowd Read More…