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Fourth of Juy

July 4th

Go 4th on the River

Riverfront, 9:00pm

Dueling barges provide fireworks

 

Krewe of Kolossos

Bayou St. John, 5:00pm-8:00pm

Boat parade with patriotic bent

 

Essence Fest

SuperDome, doors 7p.m.

Erykah Badu, Common, and Missy Elliott, Mystikal.

 

St. Bernard Salutes America

Frederick J. Sigur Civic Center, 3:00pm-9:00pm

Da Parish throws a suburban party

 

America: The Party

Rusty Nail, 7:00pm

BBQ, Quickie Mart, Tony Skratchere, prizes

 

Big Sam’s Funky Nation

Blue Nile, 10p.m.

Sam’s shows are a mix of groove and party, get funky

Open Season: Ursa Major, Avo, Compére Lapin Set Set For Launch


Memorial Day kicked off restaurant opening season in New Orleans. Three big names are opening there doors this week. Ursa Major, Avo, and Compére Lapin are all welcoming the public this week.


Six Beers & the Truth

Eric Zurcher Talks Eats After Some Drinks



Having seen the spirits of New Orleans loosen even the tightest of tongues, your author was inspired to begin interviewing interesting people after a few libations. 'Six Beers and the Truth' is a series wherein the interviewee has enjoyed six beers before giving the interview. While some are emotional, some are funny and some are shocking...they are all candid and honest. Please enjoy 'Six Beers and The Truth with Eric Zurcher.


Steady Stream

A Listing of the Uptown Mardi Gras Parade Route's Bathrooms



Benny Grunch famously crooned, “Ain’t no place to pee on Mardi Gras Day.” However, there are actually hundreds of places to go along the parade route. Options span from the 250 free port-a-potties set up by the City to bars selling wristbands. NoDef compiled a list of options for relief flanking the Uptown route.


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.


Cane & Table Adds to Stable


Downtown hotspot Cane & Table (1113 Decatur Street) is adjusting to the cooler weather. The proto-tiki destination is rolling out a couple of new menus and longer hours. A new drink list, a happy hour, and a rotating lunch menu all debuted in the last few weeks.


Drinking Culture

NoDef's Bargrapher Hops Up to a Pop-Up at Carrollton Station



Gentle reader, a pestilence is sweeping across our city as it does every winter. Close quarters, questionable personal habits, and the inability of us service industry employees to call-in sick are the villains. But even the worst upper respiratory infection could not have kept me from Carrolton Station on Sunday where Marcus Jacobs and Caitlin Carney of Herbsaint popped up their Sparklehorse Grill for the afternoon. 


Roam for the Holidays


By Ashley Larsen

Christmas is a day to be spent with family and friends, and one can hardly do that slaving over a hot stove. Several restaurants in the New Orleans area are open up on the big holiday and will be offering up all the traditional meals without all the dishes. 


Taking Turkey Time on the Road (Restaurants Serving Thanksgiving Dinner)


By Ashley Larsen

Thanksgiving is a stressful time. The day is full of back-breaking kitchen work, family drama, and what seems like an endless supply of dirty dishes. More and more New Orleanians are taking the opportunity to dine out on Thanksgiving. NoDef has compiled a list of restuarants offering all the great food and none of the dishes or the prep work. 


CBD Business Burglary Binge


NOLA’s glazers were busy this weekend. Six establishments had to replace windows after a Central Business District (CBD) burglary binge in the early hours of Saturday (11.22) morning. Four of the businesses will also be replacing their cash registers, but one thief learned that the tills are emptied before the shops lock up for the night.


Ground Floor at 511 Marigny Zoned for Restos


by Richard Carman 

After today’s City Planning Commission meeting, the posh new digs at 511  may soon play host to one or two restaurants on the ground floor. The CPC granted the three-story warehouse-turned-condominium building their requested change of use. The proposed usage sparked some debate, as the pitfalls of certain types of enterprises were discussed.


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Michael Martin

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Jason Raymond

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Paolo Roy

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