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Banned Together: Casa Borrega Hosts UNIDOS

Hugo Montero and Linda Stone, owners of Casa Borrega, are staying true to their promise to maintain a cultural center within their restaurant. Shortly after the Central City eatery’s (1712 Oretha C. Haley) July 4th opening, the pair invited  UNIDOS (United Non-Discriminatory Indivudals Demanding Our Studies) to speak against Arizona’s ban on ethnic studies, and to gather information about the unique problems facing New Orleans’ Latino community. 

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Casa Borrega Hosts Free Latin Jazz Fest in Central City with Iguanas, Mas Mamones, Alexey Marti

An enlivened stretch of Central City welcomes the third annual “Latin Jazz Fest” to its new home at Casa Borrega (1719 Oretha C. Haley Blvd.) on Friday. If you haven’t made your arrangements for the Apocalypse , spend your last mortal moments celebrating “The End of the World, Latin Style,” with The Iguanas, Mas Mamones with Steve Masakowski, Alexey Marti, and more from 7-11:30pm.

Wet Books: New O.C. Haley Restaurant Fights Censorship with Libro-traficantes

by M.D. Dupuy

With the addition of the Zeitgeist Multidisciplinary Arts Center, frequent food truck fare, and the latest Casa Borrega, Oretha Castle Haley is becoming a regular hub of cultural activity. The new spot, which is still in its soft opening phase, (1719 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard) is hosting a Dia de los Muertos altar and event that serves as an opportunity to have fun, read some books, and shed light on the sociopolitical climate that exists for Latin American people residing in New Orleans.

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