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Gas Main Leaks at McMain

Students at Eleanor McMain Secondary School unexpectedly received a day off for the Epiphany. Students and staff were evacuated, then sent him on account of a gas leak at Weezy's alma mata on Wednesday (1.06) morning.

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.

Storm Stuff: Levee Was Dry

New Orleanians were busy cleaning up their courtyards after last night’s heavy storms. The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority – West (SLFPA-W) also has a yard to tidy up, our levee system. The Authority announced measures following the wet weather today.

Good Eggs Gets Scrambled

Just when New Orleanians were getting used to the convenience of online orders appearing at their doorstep, grocer Good Eggs is shutting down operations in the Crescent City. In a Wednesday (8.05) post on the company’s blog, CEO and co-founder Rob Spiro announced that the service is set to end in New Orleans, Los Angeles, and Brooklyn.

House of Shock Rises From the Dead (Again)

By Lucy Leonard

Danger! Caution! House of Shock is back from the grave. After a rough season in 2013, the New Orleans haunted house was one breath away from death. But before they could put the final nail in the coffin, an investor and long-time fan stepped in to begin another  resurrection. 

Changes in Latitude: Margaritaville 2.0 is Coming

Parrotheads just did not know that they would be missing Margaritaville so. However, one day after B.B. King’s Blues Club announced that they would be taking over the lower Decatur Street location, their fins are up with the news that a new Margaritaville will open later this year. Call it a change in latitude and attitude.

Decatur's Margaritaville to Close, B.B. King's In

Tourists will soon stop looking for their lost shaker of salt on lower Decatur Street. Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville at Storyville is set close its doors on June 30. A B.B. King's Blues Club is slated to take over the space.

Drinking Culture

Swamped at the Seahorse Saloon

Gentle reader, if you earn a crust in the music venue or the white-linen restaurant, your eyes are likely now deep as sinkholes. Your stare is no doubt a cause for concern in your fellows, piercing the distance catatonically as it does. For The Jazz Fest has nigh run its long course. But ere the hoof replaces the folding chair upon the track, let us soldier out and witness the festival’s denouement. Let us view the sunburned hordes streaming from the gate, take a drink or two, and muse a spell on the world’s greatest musical event. All from a stool at the old Seahorse Saloon.

Martinique Bistro Closes, Lama's 'Avo to Open

Martinique Bistro (5908 Magazine Street) joined the “ain’t dere no more” list. After 20 years, the popular  uptown eatery closed their doors on Monday (1.05). Nick Lama, 33, the chef de cuisine at Gautreau’s, will move into the space.‘Avo,’ an Italian-inspired restaurant is slated to open this March.

City Shutters Marigny Opera House Hours Before Fringe

Developing Story. NoDef will update as details emerge.

On Wednesday (11.19,) the New Orleans Fringe Festival opened, featuring performances in 39 venues. However, the program called for performances in 40 venues. The missing theater was the result of an injunction from the City of New Orleans served to the Marigny Opera House. Although, the downtown church-turned-theater was in the national spotlight for hosting Solange Knowles’ wedding on Saturday (11.15,) permitting issues now prohibit usage for the local festival.

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