Jul 142018

The opening day line at Barrow’s Catfish stretches into the parking lot. (via Barrow’s Catfish on Facebook)

To fanfare and long lines, Barrow’s Catfish reopened in Hollygrove last week. A new Guatemalan restaurant is planned for Maple Street; a new cupcake shop has opened on Magazine Street, and Prytania Street brunch favorite Coulis has closed, according to recent restaurant news from around Uptown. Continue reading »

Jul 132018

La Crêpe Nanou’s Classic garlic wine broth Moules et Frites (Kristine Froeba)

France’s La Fête Nationale, or national celebration, commemorates the storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789. La Crêpe Nanou, our resident French bistro, has been an Uptown touchstone since 1983. At 35 years of age, it hasn’t a long history, but in restaurant years, remarkable nonetheless.

In a city where things are changing more often than not, the familiar is appreciated. A plate of steaming Moules et Frites bathed in a garlicky white wine sauce and a crusty baguette at La Crêpe Nanou’s qualifies. Continue reading »

Jul 132018

State Rep. Stephanie Hilferty discusses a resolution creating a task force to study the Sewerage & Water Board with Rep. Royce Duplessis, also of New Orleans, prior to the bill’s passage May 16. (photo via Louisiana House of Representatives)

Joe Giarrusso

The state legislature is creating a new task force to study the endemic problems at the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans — an entity it created more than a century ago — and has requested a report within six months on whether the agency should continue to exist.

City Councilman Joe Giarrusso III — who chairs the council’s public works committee that has been investigating some of the same issues — praised the step, saying that the state’s focus on the agency’s long-term structure will allow him to focus more on correcting its day-to-day management issues. Continue reading »

Jul 132018

Sandy Kaynor Jr. (via joneswalker.com)

The three men already serving multiple-decade sentences in prison for a crime spree that included the shooting of attorney Sandy Kaynor in October of 2012 will not be tried again for murder now that he has died, the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s office announced Thursday afternoon. Continue reading »

Jul 132018

A rendering of the proposed CubeSmart storage facility on Tchoupitoulas that was withdrawn from City Council consideration this week. (via city of New Orleans)

A self-storage facility proposed for Tchoupitoulas Street that drew opposition from the Irish Channel last month was withdrawn from consideration by the City Council on Thursday, officials said. Continue reading »

Jul 122018

A Sixth District task force sergeant stands outside the crime scene marked off at the corner of Camp and Delachaise streets, where Sandy Kaynor was shot in the chest during a carjacking Oct. 2, 2012. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Sandy Kaynor Jr. (via joneswalker.com)

The death of attorney Sanford Kaynor in April was the result of being shot six years earlier in his driveway, Orleans Parish Coroner Dwight McKenna announced late Thursday morning. Continue reading »

Jul 122018

A rendering dated May 21 of the expansion of Safeguard Storage on Erato Street. (via city of New Orleans)

The proposal by Safeguard Self Storage to expand into a new three-story building next door to its current location on Erato Street in the Lower Garden District received easy approval from the City Planning Commission this week, despite staff concerns about the amount of parking that will be provided. Continue reading »

Jul 122018

Lawyer and activist Megan Kiefer, pictured with her uncle Chris Kiefer, believes that younger voters will change politics. (photo by Danae Columbus for UptownMessenger.com)

Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

As President Trump continues to reshape American politics, millennials like New Orleans personal injury lawyer Megan Kiefer, 34, are no longer willing to sit on the political sidelines. A married homeowner living in Bywater, Kiefer is a passionate advocate for issues she believes important and recently played a leadership role in defeating the proposed Sun Yard hotel project. “People want to live comfortably, happily and want a government that will allow them to do that,” said Kiefer. Continue reading »

Jul 122018

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SORRY TO BOTHER YOU is the directorial debut from Boots Riley, the rapper-turned-filmmaker who’s style is getting compared favorably to filmmakers like Spike Lee and Spike Jonze. We could tell you more about the movie but the fact of the matter is this movie deserves to be seen in full, on the big screen, with as little introduction as possible. It’s good, it’s unique, it’s here this Thursday night. See it. Continue reading »

Jul 112018

A multi-vehicle crash has shut down the intersection of Laurel Street and Louisiana Avenue (photo by Zach Brien for Uptown Messenger).

A two-car crash at the intersection of Laurel Street and Louisiana Avenue has sent at least one person to the hospital.

The crash also caused minor damage to Atchafalaya Restaurant. The driver of the smaller vehicle was taken to the hospital while the driver of the Jeep, which was vaulted into the restaurant, is unharmed, according to witnesses. Continue reading »

Jul 112018

A rendering of the Driveshack golf facility under consideration at the former Times-Picayune site at Howard Avenue.

The sales tax at the new Drive Shack golfing-entertainment complex that is proposed to replace the former Times-Picayune building on Howard Avenue should be 2 cents higher than in the rest of New Orleans, in part to pay for the costs of redeveloping the site, the developers told City Council members on Tuesday.

The developers are also seeking to have the property tax increased gradually as the development grows, rather than all at once, in order to make the costs of business there more predictable, they said. Both requests, they said, will only allow them to dip into new tax money that will be created at Drive Shack, rather than reducing any tax flow already into the city.

“We’re not asking for an incentive that would take any of the city’s money,” attorney Michael Sherman told the City Council’s economic development committee on Tuesday.

Workers begin removing the murals from the former Times-Picayune building on Howard Avenue in preparation for its expected demolition. (read more from WWL-TV)

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