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Legend In Its Own Time 

The name says it all. Legends Bar & Grille (2708 N. Hullen St., Metairie, 887-3877) has been creating its own standards for live music and mouth-watering burgers since it first opened in 1991. Now with a number of bar/restaurants still shuttered, new owners Ray Townsend and Joni Colletti (alias Joni Balogni) want their club to go beyond its legendary past.

"We're more than just a live-music bar," Colletti says. "We're a neighborhood bar where people can come for food, drinks, play some darts, pool and video games. You can just hang out and laugh with the bartender."

The crowds still fill up this expansive space -- which has two full-service bars and a dance floor -- on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, when it features local favorites such as The Topcats, Animal Krackers and Blackened Blues Band, but there's plenty of action the rest of the week as well.

Every day Legends offers a "long" happy hour from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. with reduced prices on mixed drinks and beer. Besides its steady menu of burgers, grilled chicken sandwiches and appetizers, the kitchen fires up a Wednesday night steak special, which includes a giant USDA-Choice 16-ounce T-bone or an 8-ounce rib-eye with a salad and French fries. Thursday night translates into dollar well drinks for the ladies.

For those interested in hosting a party, banquet, or wedding, Legends boasts a large private room with an assorted array of catering menus to choose from.

Townsend hopes to have the patio open for live music when the weather cools down. He had a purchase agreement to buy the club before Katrina and says he never hesitated to go through with the agreement following the storm.

"I saw a community trying to recover," Townsend says. "It was a chance to do something good for myself and the people who live here." A Good Resource Resource Management Inc. (3300 W. Esplanade Ave., Suite 212, Metairie, 833-5378), one of the first certified financial planning groups in the country, has made Wealth Manager Magazine's list of Champion Wealth Managers for the third year in a row. The company also was recently acknowledged as a leader by Financial Advisor Magazine.

click to enlarge Legends Bar & Grille is a neighborhood hangout that offers - live music, long happy hours, food and party space. - DAVID WINKLER-SCHMIT
  • David Winkler-Schmit
  • Legends Bar & Grille is a neighborhood hangout that offers live music, long happy hours, food and party space.


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