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Apr 21, 2007 08:56 AM

Camellia reopening makes national wire

Classic New Orleans Diner Reopening

Associated Press Writer

April 21, 2007, 3:31 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS -- Bow-tied waiters will dish up bacon-and-cheese omelets and pecan waffles once again at the venerable Camellia Grill on Saturday, nearly 20 months since it was closed when the city fled Hurricane Katrina. The icon's return was seen as another sign of hope in New Orleans' slow recovery.

"This is a happy day," said 87-year-old Harry Tervalon, a head waiter until his retirement in the 1990s. He shared stories of the people he served over the years, including Yankees baseball player Bobby Brown.

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  1. Great news. Thanks for posting. I still have day-dreams about "nutty waffles." Glad that they have re-opened. Next trip over, I will give them a try, along with some other, pre-Katrina favorites.