Long before the Red Bull fad, plenty of New Orleans people caught an energy blast from the incredibly sweet tea served in such huge portions at Dunbar's Creole Cooking.
And before "extra value meal" was a trademarked marketing ploy from McDonald's, Dunbar's ridiculously generous red beans and fried chicken plates were a well-known way to stretch your dollar and fill your belly with the goodness of local cooking.
Dunbar's was hit hard by the levee failures and managed an unorthodox reopening in a spot in Loyola University's Broadway Activities Center, which is open to the public.
But the Dunbar family is working to move back to Freret Street and to help pay for repairs to the original building they are throwing a fund raiser this Friday. Here are the details:
What: A Night to Remember Benefit Gala, with live entertainment, buffet dinner and open bar
When: Aug.1, 7 p.m. -11p.m.
Where: Loyola Law Center, 501 Pine St., New Orleans
Tickets: $50 per person or $75 per couple, available at Dunbars in the Loyola Law Center (501 Pine St., 861-5451); the Freret Neighborhood Center (4605 Freret St., 373-6403); from the Dunbar family (220-1066); or at the door.
-- Ian McNulty