Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Mr. Ed’s Oyster Bar & Fish House opens in Mid-City

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Mr. Ed's Oyster Bar & Fish House is now open at 301 N. Carrollton Ave. - COURTESY MR. ED'S OYSTER BAR & FISH HOUSE/FACEBOOK
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  • Mr. Ed's Oyster Bar & Fish House is now open at 301 N. Carrollton Ave.

It’s been a busy couple of months for Ed McIntyre. In April, the local restaurateur opened the third rendition of his seafood and oyster bar concept on St. Charles Avenue. Now, less than six months later, McIntyre has opened a fourth location of Mr. Ed’s Oyster Bar and Fish House (301 N. Carrollton Ave., 504-606 -6220) on Carrollton Avenue in Mid-City.

“After this one, I’m taking a little break for a while,” McIntyre said Wednesday, a day after the new restaurant opened its doors. The oyster bar is the seventh restaurant for McIntyre, who runs restaurants in Jefferson and Orleans parishes. In 2013, McIntyre opened the first Mr. Ed’s Oyster Bar & Fish House in the former home of legendary Metairie seafood house Bozo’s.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

On the Clock: Dinah Maygarden, UNO Coastal Education Program director

Posted By on Tue, Sep 27, 2016 at 2:48 PM

Dinah Maygarden unwinds from a day of science education workshops.
  • Dinah Maygarden unwinds from a day of science education workshops.

If you were to drive east on Chef Menteur Highway, past the motley blocks of businesses in various states of well-being, past the Pleasantville-on-stilts development at Venetian Isles, and over the rickety truss bridge at Chef Menteur Pass, eventually you’d find a three-story waterfront building emblazoned with a comically large University of New Orleans (UNO) Privateer logo. 

There, you might find, as I did, a large group of squirming third-graders vastly outnumbering their adult chaperones, all anxious to start one of science educator and UNO Coastal Education Program director Dinah Maygarden’s activities at the UNO Coastal Education and Research Facility (CERF).

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"RIP affordable neighborhoods": New Orleans residents stage protest and "funeral" as the City Council prepares for short-term rental vote

Posted By on Tue, Sep 27, 2016 at 1:30 PM

A political theater protest against whole-home short-term rentals in New Orleans included coffins for "affordable housing" and "actual neighbors."
  • A political theater protest against whole-home short-term rentals in New Orleans included coffins for "affordable housing" and "actual neighbors."

From the steps of City Hall, the Treme Brass Band provided the soundtrack for a funeral march following the deaths of "affordable neighborhoods" and "actual neighbors," casualties of the proliferation of short-term rentals in New Orleans. At least that's the future to come, according to several neighborhood groups, if whole-home rentals through companies like Airbnb are allowed to operate in New Orleans.

Staging a political theater protest and march Sept. 27, artists and neighborhood groups (including Neighbors First for Bywater, the Faubourg St. Roch Improvement Association and Faubourg Marigny Improvement Association) carried two caskets, placards illustrating short-term rental listings, and signs representing each New Orleans neighborhood saying "no" to whole-home rentals. The march turned into a dirge as the band played "A Closer Walk with Thee" before disbanding at City Hall, where caricatures of New Orleans City Councilmembers lay on the steps.

In August, the New Orleans City Planning Commission (CPC) agreed to prohibit short-term rentals in residential neighborhoods, but commercially zoned areas don't fall under the same restrictions. The City Council will have final say on new short-term rental rules when it votes on the CPC's recommendations on Oct. 6,

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Bayou Country Superfest moves to Superdome for May 26-28, 2017 event

Posted By on Tue, Sep 27, 2016 at 11:00 AM

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Bayou Country Superfest will move from LSU Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge to the Superdome for its 2017 Memorial Day weekend event, according to a press release from Festival Productions.

LSU's Tiger Stadium will be unavailable due to scheduled renovations.

The 2016 Bayou Country Superfest featured Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan. Eric Church, Lady Antebellum, Brothers Osborne, Little Big Town and others. The 2017 music lineup will be announced Dec. 1. The festival runs May 26-28, 2017.

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Brewsday Tuesday: Royal Brewery to open in New Orleans East

Posted By on Tue, Sep 27, 2016 at 9:00 AM

NORA MCGUNNIGLE
  • Nora McGunnigle

Raymond and Mandy Pumilia, owners and founders of Royal Brewery New Orleans, have been working to transform an industrial space in New Orleans East into the brewery they’ve dreamt about since serving friends home-brewed beer at their Royal Street home.

The brewery's tanks are in place and if all goes well, the Pumilias will start brewing by the end of the year.

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Y@ Speak: debatable

Posted By on Mon, Sep 26, 2016 at 6:38 PM


Remember 20 years ago when you tweeted about Disney's gumbo recipe? This week's edition spans a little longer than usual because we missed you last week. But this past week? I don't have enough fingers to chef kiss. David Duke looked like the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark, Beyonce and Big Freedia are the only people that New Orleans fans are happy about playing in the Superdome so far this month, and we begin the inaugural Complaining About the Fried Chicken Festival.

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Toups South opens in the Southern Food & Beverage Museum Oct. 5

Posted By on Mon, Sep 26, 2016 at 5:21 PM

Toups South, the new southern-inspired restaurant from chef Isaac Toups and Amanda Toups, is opening Oct. 5 inside the Southern Food & Beverage Museum. - COURTESY TOUPS SOUTH
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  • Toups South, the new southern-inspired restaurant from chef Isaac Toups and Amanda Toups, is opening Oct. 5 inside the Southern Food & Beverage Museum.

Toups South
(1504 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 504-304-2147), the new southern-inspired restaurant inside the Southern Food & Beverage Museum, will open on Oct. 5.

Chef Isaac Toups, who was a finalist and fan favorite on Bravo’s Top Chef Season 13, opened his eponymous restaurant Toups’ Meatery (845 N. Carrollton Ave., 504-) with his wife and co-owner Amanda Toups in Mid-City in 2012. The couple is expanding their reach with a new concept inside the Central City museum’s restaurant space, formerly home to Ryan Hughes’ Purloo, which closed in June.

“We’re really excited to open in Central City in the Southern Food & Beverage Museum,” Amanda Toups said in a press release. “We’re thrilled to be a part of this up and coming neighborhood and know we’ll feel right at home.”

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Brian Wilson to perform Pet Sounds at the Saenger Theatre in March 2017

Posted By on Mon, Sep 26, 2016 at 11:00 AM

Brain Wilson in 2012. He'll perform Pet Sounds at the Saenger Theatre on March 29, 2017. - LOUISE PALANKER/FLICKR
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  • Brain Wilson in 2012. He'll perform Pet Sounds at the Saenger Theatre on March 29, 2017.

In January, Beach Boys founder and massively influential songwriter Brian Wilson announced a world tour to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the landmark album Pet Sounds. Wilson announced he would perform the album in its entirety "for a final time" on dates spanning all of 2016 — including a July stop in Bossier City — and, now, into 2017. The composer returns to Louisiana with a performance on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans.

Wilson and his band — including original Beach Boy Al Jardine and longtime guitarist Blondie Chaplin — have earned acclaim for the performances, which serve as both modern recreations of the pop masterpiece (with Al's son Matt Jardine handling Wilson's now-fragile or lost high-register harmonies) and as bittersweet swan songs to Pet Sounds and the master at its helm.

Tickets are $55-$115 and go on sale at noon Friday, Sept. 30 via ticketmaster.com, (800) 745-3000 to the box office at 1111 Canal St.

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Tony Bennett to play Saenger Theatre Dec. 7

Posted By on Mon, Sep 26, 2016 at 10:12 AM

Tony Bennett.
  • Tony Bennett.
Just in time for the holidays (when, maybe, baby, it'll be cold outside), crooner Tony Bennett will come to New Orleans for a Dec. 7 concert at the Saenger Theater

Bennett has visited New Orleans many times before, notably at the 2009 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and the 2015 Jazz Fest, where his set with Lady Gaga at the Gentilly Stage was plagued with sound problems. A painter, Bennett also created the 2010 Jazz Fest poster (a portrait of Louis Prima).

Tickets for the Saenger show go on sale Friday (Sept. 30) at 10 a.m. and range from $59.50-$125. 

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Gambit's Digital Edition, September 27, 2016

Posted on Mon, Sep 26, 2016 at 9:53 AM

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