Do you have any additional information regarding Eastern Airlines Flight 304, which crashed into Lake Pontchartrain on Feb. 25, 1964? From what I understand, the craft went down near the Causeway, but the plane, passengers and crew were never found. Spooky!
There was a great deal of effort put into the recovery of the plane that went down in Lake Pontchartrain at approximately 2:10 a.m., just minutes after takeoff. With no apparent cause, the plane disintegrated and crashed.
The search for the bodies of the 51 passengers and seven crew members began with the Coast Guard using helicopters, boats and divers. They worked tirelessly for days looking for remains. Mostly they found parts of the plane and some baggage, but the main cabin of the aircraft was never found.
The Civil Aeronautics Board then took over and for many more days searched with as many as 15 divers. As many as 200 people became involved in trying to recover the victims. However, recovering anything from the bottom of Lake Pontchartrain is especially difficult because of a very deep layer of silt.
By July, only about 65 percent of the wreckage had been found. There were many hearings and investigations, but the cause of the crash remains a mystery.
Can you tell me who are the owners of Table One and Byblos restaurants? Also, do they have any other real estate investments in the city?
Hicham Khodr, Tarek Tay, and Gabriel Saliba are the restaurant partners who own these fine eating establishments in New Orleans and Metairie. Table One at 2800 Magazine St. opened in October 2005 " one of the first restaurants to open after Hurricane Katrina. It closed in September of this year, and the owners are renting the space to a new Japanese restaurant, Takumi, which opened last week.
But you can still eat the delicious Middle Eastern cuisine at their various Byblos restaurants located at 1501 Metairie Road in Metairie, 3218 Magazine St., 2020 Veterans Memorial Blvd. in Metairie, and the food court of Lakeside Shopping Center.
Khodr alone also saved our beloved Camellia Grill at 626 S. Carrollton Ave. April 2007 saw the reopening of Camellia Grill, which first started serving diners in December 1946. Many of the old regulars were there: cooks, waiters, and customers. Everything was as I remembered it: the marble counter top, the stools, the white napkins and the food. Ah, the burgers and waffles and omelets and pies.
Khodr has talked about creating a chain of Camellia Grills, white columns and all, located near university campuses in large cities or college towns in the Gulf South. He already plans to open grills in Baton Rouge and Destin, Fla., in 2008.
Earlier this year Khodr said, 'Eventually we'd like to have a piece of New Orleans in every college town in the United States."