Yo Joe! Real Estate Advice for November

I’m Joe Gerrity, local businessman, investor and Real Estate Broker. For my monthly “Yo Joe!” column, I’ll be answering your real estate questions as well as providing market information and housing statistics. I believe the main responsibilities of a Realtor are to add value and facilitate mutually beneficial transactions, and through this column I hope [...]

Lusher hopes to expand into new building by 2021

Lusher Charter School’s expansion into the Allen building next door is unlikely to happen prior to the fall of 2021, but school officials have already begun considering what renovations they may need now that the current occupant, Sci High, has held the official groundbreaking for its new building. The Allen building on Loyola Avenue adjacent [...]

Gracious Bakery teams with NOCHI for its fourth cafe

Gracious Bakery and Cafe, which has locations Uptown on Prytania Street and in the Garden District on St. Charles, has announced a partnership in New Orleans Culinary and Hospitality Institute the upcoming Warehouse District restaurant NOCHI Café by Gracious. Pastry Chef Megan Forman opened Gracious Bakery with her husband Jay in 2012. The company has [...]

Kristine Froeba on Southern Charm New Orleans Filming Season 2: Reagan Charleston Returns with a New Husband

With the potholes, power outages, and never-ending boil water advisories, one would think New Orleans has suffered enough. But no, the Bravo network seems fit to punish us further—with Season 2 of Southern Charm New Orleans. While no formal announcement has been forthcoming, the worst has been confirmed by the New Orleans Office of Cultural [...]

Simultaneous bomb threats under investigation on South Claiborne, Walmsley, Poydras, Hayne

New Orleans police are investigating four simultaneous bomb threats made Thursday afternoon on South Claiborne Avenue and Walmsley Avenue in the Uptown areas, as well as Poydras Street downtown and Hayne Boulevard in New Orleans East, authorities said. The bomb threats were reported in the 6200 block of South Claiborne Avenue (near the commercial strip [...]

Councilman Jay H. Banks named as council representative on Sewerage & Water Board

District B City Councilman Jay H. Banks will be the council’s appointed representative to the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans, following Saturday’s sweeping decision by city voters to return a council member to the board of the embattled utility. District A Councilman Joe Giarrusso, chair of the council’s Public Works Committee, announced Banks [...]

Zoning board sides with “Fallen Saint” developers to allow immersive-theatre venue on lower Magazine

The city’s Board of Zoning Adjustments sided with the developers of the “Fallen Saint” immersive-theatre venue on lower Magazine Street this week, rejecting a challenge to the project by opponents of the project and essentially clearing the way for final approval by the New Orleans City Council. The former warehouse at 1152 Magazine Street is [...]

Danae Columbus: Skrmetta and Boustany, two new contenders for governor’s race?

District 1 Public Service Commissioner Eric Skrmetta and former District 3 Congressman Charles Boustany – both Republicans – are said to be considering the 2019 race for governor against Governor John Bel Edwards. Two other Republican candidates have already announced – Baton Rouge businessman Eddie Rispone and District 5 Congressman Ralph Abraham, a physician and [...]

NOPD searching for person of interest in Jeannette Street shooting, suspect in business burglaries

Person of Interest sought in Jeanette Street shooting The NOPD is seeking to interview a person of interest in the investigation of an aggravated battery by shooting that occurred on December 6, 2018 in the 8800 block of Jeanette Street. At about 5:40 a.m., the victim encountered a subject inside of his vehicle who then exited [...]

City Council approves plan to replace McDonald’s building in Garden District

The City Council gave McDonald’s approval to redevelop its St. Charles Avenue restaurant at its Dec. 6 meeting. The two-story structure in the Garden District will be torn down and replaced. Planners and preservationists have been working with the fast-food chain for two years to determine an appropriate design for a purpose that the city [...]

Local chef discusses her new book on historic Uptown restaurant

Poppy Tooker—chef, radio show host, author and cooking instructor—published her most recent book on one of New Orleans’ most historic restaurants: “Pascal’s Manale Cookbook.” Having published a book in 2015 on one of New Orleans’ historic restaurants, Tujague’s, her newest subject was a fitting next step. “People said, ‘What do you want to do next?’ [...]

Drive Shack nets 2 percent tax to pay for construction at former Times-Picayune site

By Claire Byun, cbyun@nolamessenger.com Future customers of the New Orleans Drive Shack — located in the former Times Picayune building on Howard Avenue — will pay 2 percent more in sales tax after City Council unanimously approved a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement. The city will receive a portion of the funds to pay for street improvements [...]

Voters overwhelmingly back millage to continue Touro-Bouligny security patrol

The Touro-Bouligny Security District received overwhelming support Saturday, when 91 percent of voters within the security district pressed “yes” to continue the paying the additional millage for the next eight years. The ballot containing two runoff contests and a city referendum drew only about 14 percent of voters citywide, but 21 percent of voters in [...]