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Decatur Kitchen Blaze

By Ashley Rouen

It’s not every day a French Quarter fire ignites. At 9:15a.m. Wednesday morning, sirens blared through the streets of the Quarter, while clouds of smoke billowed out of the Decatur St. restaurant, Fiorella’s and into the surrounding neighborhood. Wind coming off the river blew the singing haze across the Lower Quarter, stretching as far as Rampart St.

Food Fellowship

SardaSardFood Sets Up at l'Enfant Terrible

New Orleans has long been been renowned as a required top for eaters. However, the Crescent City’s unique culinary culture also makes the city a required stop for chefs creating even more options for diners. This week locals can check out Sebastian Martinez’s SardaSardaFood through his residency at Chef Matt Kopfler’s l’Enfant Terrible (Molly’s at the Market, 1107 Decatur Street).

Decatur Detour

SWBNO Readies to Close Lower D for Five Months

Traffic in the Quarter is about to get even messier and some business owners are concerned. The Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans (SWBNO) announced that a portion of Lower Decatur Street will be closed for five months due to water line replacement work. The logistics of said shutdown are raising some serious questions about access to one of the city’s vital transportation and economic hubs.

Shooting on Decatur

Decatur is getting dangerous. Early on Wednesday (1.06) morning, a man was shot in the leg just past the the strip’s intersection with Elysian Fields Avenue according to the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD).

Drinking Culture

Celebrating A Year of Drinking (and Writing) at Cane & Table


Gentle reader, I have no more to write but a little – our time is at an end. O long year’s labor! And short year’s memory… drowned as rainwater in the ocean. But I will resist nostalgia as I might. For a celebration of 52 weeks of penning the "Drinking Culture" column is at hand. And sending out a call to those who would come, I determined to achieve the acme of my credit limit and begin anew the cycle of paying off my debts throughout the approaching busy season. Come with me now, back to a beginning of sorts. We’re off to see some old friends, meet some new, and drink and dine and generally blow-it-up at the finest all-around joint in the French Quarter: Cane and Table. 

Celebrity Fighter Club: Aisha Tyler To guest Bartend At Spitfire

New Orleans is flooded with drink experts this week. However, over at Spitfire Bar (1135 Decatur Street), Thursday night's guest bartender will be an expert in entertainment, not bitters. Aisha Tyler (of Archer, The Talk, Whose Line Is It Anyway?) will be hopping behind the bar to serve up drinks at the Lower Quarter drinkery at 9p.m.

Woman Shot on Decatur

Crime in the Quarter is down, but not out. The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) is investigating an early morning shooting half a block from Jackson Square.

Sending the Old Man Home: Margaritaville's Last Night

It's 5 o'clock somewhere...but not at Margaritaville on Decatur anymore. After 22 years of serving up cheeseburgers in paradise, the French Quarter staple locked up the doors for the very last time on Tuesday (6.30) night. Margaritaville  hosted many national acts including Jimmy Buffett, Jared Niemann, Zac Brown, Mac Mcanally and Thom Sheperd. Likewise, the local acts have had a great run at Margaritville and will be looking for other gigs in the area.  

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.

'Gutterpunk Roundup'

Your leftovers are safe for a few days. The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) say that 28 people were arrested on Friday (3.27) night “to address recent nuisance violation complaints.” Supportive residents are calling it something else: “a gutterpunk roundup.”

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