Coulis (3625 Prytania St., 504-304-4265) also suffered roof damage from Isaac. The popular breakfast/lunch cafe reopened last week, and friends of proprietor Heather Leeming and her family are organizing a special event Tuesday, Sept. 11, to help defray repair costs. The event is called a "cash mob," and encourages diners to show up in numbers between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. with at least $20 cash to spend at the business.
Katrina Turillo, an event organizer and managing partner at La Divina Gelateria (www.ladivinagelateria.com), says it's a show of support for Leeming, whose husband, chef James Leeming, died unexpectedly last year at age 50.
"You pay and get your meal as usual, but (the cash mob) is just a way to get business in when someone needs it most, and we ask people to use cash to avoid any credit card fees," she says.