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Today in NOLA 5.13.17


Today, catch the “slowest second line on earth” with Brennan’s annual turtle parade. Drink pink at Bacchanal’s 8th annual Rosé Fest. Castillo Blanco opens it’s doors for over 13 hours of drag, while The Chainsmokers will play the arena. On this day in 1938, Louis Armstrong and his orchestra recorded “When the Saints Go Marching In,” in New York. Now, more to do this Saturday.


Brennan’s Turtle Parade to Do a Slow Roll Through the Quarter


It’s time again for Brennan’s annual “slowest second line on earth.” This Saturday (5.13) the turtles that live in the famed French Quarter restaurant’s courtyard will parade through the Vieux Carré to mark the start of spring. 

Mailbag: Keep Royal's Pedestrian Mall Open


Earlier in December, Brennan’s restaurant spearheaded a push to close the pedestrian mall on Royal Street. Reader Chris Olsen, a small business owner working out of the Quarter, was appalled by the idea. He launched a petition and penned an open letter to Council-Member Nadine Ramsey.


Dorignac's, Leidenheimer's Push for Brennan's Bankruptcy


Brennan's is still closed on Royal Street, but the court filings continue to pile up down on Poydras. Three of the famed French Quarter restaurant's suppliers are owed money by the company that once controlled the Royal Street eatery, and they are asking for the company to reorganize under federal bankruptcy protection to pay back the debt, according to court records. Brennan's owes about $60,000 to the three companies, two of whom are locals Leidenheimer bakery and Dorignac's grocery store.


Brennan's Workers Demand Last Checks


Even after being evicted, Brennan's has another debt to pay. Former employees of the now-closed French Quarter restaurant stood across from the building where they once worked on Friday, demanding their last tips after they were unexpectedly put out of a job last week. A longstanding family feud over the control of the famed restaurant at 417 Royal came to a head last Friday, June 28, when employees arrived expecting tables. They found locked doors instead.


Brennan's Family Feud Unsettled in Wake of Eviction


The family feud that flambéed with Friday's shuttering of Brennan's Restaurant isn't over just because the Royal Street eatery isn't serving its famed breakfast on Saturday morning. In fact, the eviction papers have only shined public light on another family member who recently entered the fold. Ralph Brennan, a cousin of the family who owned the famed restaurant and maintains his own independent restaurant business, is a key player in the company that took control of Brennan's at a sheriff's sale auction in May.


Brennan's Closes Doors


Brennan's closed their doors unexpectedly this morning, after a long legal battle between family members Ted and Owen "Pip" Brennan. Employees were outside of the restaurant collecting their last checks.


Brennan's Up for Auction, Feuding Fam Headed to Court


The long battle between Ted and Owen “Pip” Brennan is coming to a head on May 23, when the famed French Quarter restaurant Brennan's is to be sold at a sheriff’s auction, according to a complaint filed in federal court on May 11. Facing extreme debt and possible foreclosure, Ted Brennan and his daughter, Bridget Brennan Tyrell, are seeking a court order to ban Owen “Pip” Brennan and his two sons, Blake and Clark, from doing so much as entering the building.


Saveur Visits New Orleans' Grand Dames in April Issue


Famed foodie mag Saveur is dedicating their April issue to the finery of classic New Orleans. The month’s layout features a picturesque presentation of the New Orleans of old, unfolding in food stories about of some of the most well-known and notable restaurants in town. Luxurious, turn of the century destinations appear on the page with the mid-century food creations that reinvigorated and solidified the traditions of New Orleans dining in the 20th century.


SoBou To Claim a Corner of the French Quarter in June


by Mary-Devon Dupuy

The people at Commander's Palace are at it again, cooking up new ways to fill our tummies and drain our wallets. Members of the Brennan family brought on a couple new additions to create their new restaurant in the old Bacco space. Known as SoBou, the new venture is moving into the W French Quarter Hotel at 316 Chartres St., with opening slated for June. The new partnership between two of the city's culinary giants makes for one of the most anticipated restaurant openings since the last most anticipated one. Today, this prime pairing provided a preview today.


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