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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Roy Ayers and Michael Franks to perform at Treme Crab Festival

Posted By on Thu, Feb 9, 2017 at 12:20 PM

Dave Crawford performs at Jazz in the Park March 30. - COURTESY BASIN STREET RECORDS
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  • Dave Crawford performs at Jazz in the Park March 30.

Jazz stars Roy Ayers and Michael Franks headline Treme Crab Festival March 31. The festival is presented by People United for Armstrong Park and is part of its spring Jazz in the Park concert series.

Ayers is a vibraphonist who moved from jazz to jazz-funk and neo soul. Franks is a singer-songwriter who has worked with jazz and pop artists from Diana Krall and Kurt Elling to Lyle Lovett and Patti LaBelle. Tickets for the show are $25-$100, and proceeds benefit Covenant House Sleep Out campaign to fight youth homelessness.

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

The Station opens in Mid-City

Posted By on Wed, Feb 8, 2017 at 5:24 PM

The Station is now open at 4400 Bienville St. - HELEN FREUND
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  • The Station is now open at 4400 Bienville St.

Mid-City residents have a new coffee and breakfast hub with the opening of The Station (4400 Bienville St., 504-319-4548), a cafe from husband-and-wife team Jonathan and Megan Walker. It opened Wednesday, Feb. 8, following months of renovations to the building on the corner of Bienville and North Alexander streets.

The cafe includes indoor and outdoor seating, and large windows overlook Bienville Street. It has a "take a book, leave a book," lending library stocked with books and games.

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Spotted Cat Food and Spirits opens today

Posted By on Tue, Feb 7, 2017 at 2:54 PM

Spotted Cat Food and Spirits is now open on St. Claude Avenue inside the New Orleans Healing Center. - COURTESY SPOTTED CAT FOOD AND SPIRITS/FACEBOOK
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  • Spotted Cat Food and Spirits is now open on St. Claude Avenue inside the New Orleans Healing Center.

Spotted Cat Food and Spirits (2372 St. Claude Ave., 504-371-5074) is now open Inside the New Orleans Healing Center. The restaurant from the team behind the Frenchmen Street music haunt The Spotted Cat Music Club opened Tuesday, Feb. 7, following a brief soft-opening.

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The Halal Guys opens on Freret Street

Posted By on Tue, Feb 7, 2017 at 2:40 PM

Middle Eastern franchise The Halal Guys opened their second location at 5001 Freret Street on Sunday (Feb. 4). - COURTESY THE HALAL GUYS/FACEBOOK
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  • Middle Eastern franchise The Halal Guys opened their second location at 5001 Freret Street on Sunday (Feb. 4).

Middle Eastern food chain The Halal Guys opened a new location in Uptown (5001 Freret St., 504-533-9410) Feb. 4.  The restaurant is best known for gyro and chicken and rice platters.

The chain grew out of a group of street carts in New York City in the 1990s, and has expanded rapidly through franchise options. The first New Orleans location opened in summer at 301 St. Charles Ave. in the CBD. There are locations all over the world, including Las Vegas, Nevada, Houston, Texas, Chicago, Illinois, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines.

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Monday, January 30, 2017

Gracious Bakery + Cafe opens Wednesday on St. Charles Avenue

Posted By on Mon, Jan 30, 2017 at 5:16 PM

Gracious Bakery + Cafe will open an Uptown location Wednesday at 2854 St. Charles Avenue. - COURTESY GRACIOUS BAKERY + CAFE/FACEBOOK
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  • Gracious Bakery + Cafe will open an Uptown location Wednesday at 2854 St. Charles Avenue.

Local bread and pastry shop  Gracious Bakery + Cafe opens a location Uptown (2854 St. Charles Ave.) Wednesday, Feb. 1.

The cafe takes over the space formerly occupied by The Grocery on the corner of St. Charles Avenue and 6th Street. The po-boy shop closed after a change of ownership late last year.

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King Cake Festival 2017 announces winners

Posted By on Mon, Jan 30, 2017 at 11:50 AM

The King Cake Festival announced cake winners from its fourth annual event Jan. 29. - COURTESY KING CAKE FESTIVAL/FACEBOOK
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  • The King Cake Festival announced cake winners from its fourth annual event Jan. 29.

Winners for the fourth annual King Cake Festival were announced Sunday, Jan. 29.

Hundreds of people flocked to Champions Square to soak up Sunday’s sunny weather and sample from more than 25 versions of the Carnival season confection.

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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Louis C.K., 'alternative facts,' a market for Marigny and other stories you may have missed this week

Posted By on Sun, Jan 29, 2017 at 9:00 AM

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• FEST, FEST, FEST: The 2017 Jazz Fest lineup was announced. You people on Twitter had a few thoughts. And Aaron Neville is part of the just-announced French Quarter Fest lineup.

• COMING TO TOWN: Louis C.K. is coming to town this week for a couple of just-announced shows. The Pixies are coming later.

• LGBT NEWS: The LGBT Community Center is getting a new home. And a new eldercare group is launching a health care provider network for LGBT seniors.

• KRISPY KRUNCHY KING CAKE: Where you can eat king cake topped with crickets.

Lots more under the jump ...

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Construction to begin on Robert Fresh Market in the Marigny

Posted By on Thu, Jan 26, 2017 at 11:32 AM

Construction will begin on the Robert Fresh Market at 2222 St. Claude Ave. in the Marigny. - COURTESY ROBERT FRESH MARKET
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  • Construction will begin on the Robert Fresh Market at 2222 St. Claude Ave. in the Marigny.

It’s been a long time coming, but Bywater and Marigny residents won’t have to travel far for groceries this time next year. City officials announced Wednesday (Jan. 25) that construction is set to begin on a new Robert Fresh Market in the Marigny.

Following years of delays, the historic building at 2222 St. Claude Ave. — vacant since Hurricane Katrina — will be renovated to house a full-service grocery retailer as early as December 2017.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

SoFAB to screen Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent film Feb. 6

Posted By on Wed, Jan 25, 2017 at 2:14 PM

The Southern Food & Beverage Museum will screen Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent on Feb. 6. - SAM HANNA / HANNAFOTO
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  • The Southern Food & Beverage Museum will screen Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent on Feb. 6.

The Southern Food & Beverage Museum will screen Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent Feb. 6.

The film, co-produced by Anthony Bourdain and directed by Lydia Tenaglia, looks at the legendary chef’s life. Along with a few California chefs from the 1970s and ’80s, including Alice Waters, Jonathan Waxman and Judy Rodgers, Tower is heralded for pioneering the concept of New American and California cuisine.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Bug Appetit! Cricket king cake is at Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium

Posted By on Tue, Jan 24, 2017 at 12:11 PM

From now through Lundi Gras, visitors to the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium can sample cricket-filled king cake. - AUDUBON NATURE INSTITUTE
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  • From now through Lundi Gras, visitors to the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium can sample cricket-filled king cake.

Bug appetit! The folks at the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium (423 Canal St., 504-524-2847) think your king cake needs a little more protein.

Now through through Lundi Gras, visitors to Bug Appetit, the museum’s kitchen and cafeteria, can sample a roasted cricket-filled king cake. That’s right, a king cake filled with bugs.

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