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Sep 2, 2008 03:30 PM

Will any places be open the weekend after Gustav

I have reservations for a NO trip this Friday through Monday. Assuming the airport is open, will many restaurants be open, and fresh seafood available?


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  1. I guess it all depends on who has power. They haven't started to let people into the city yet.

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    1. re: roro1831

      With the limitations on who can enter the City, and when, I agree that it will depend and telephone calls would be in order.

      Right now, it seems like late Wednesday will be "opening" of the City. Then, much depends on exactly who can enter and whether the kitchens will be up.


    2. Here's hoping that everyone on the Chowhound board is safe and sound and Nawlins food back in business with little disruption. once they let you back in. Charles, if you still go, do a bit of recon for the rest of us. I hear the Quarter is dry but not sure about the other neighborhoods.

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      1. re: crewsweeper

        Most places are fine this go round. Our house Uptown is fine and lost power less than 24 hours. The damage in town will most likely result from trees down, etc. We won't be able to go back until Thursday (9/4), but I would say most places would be back to normal by the end of next week. Of course, this is dependent on what the current storms do.

        1. re: N.O.Food

          WDSU just reported (12:20 pm Wed.) that it is uncertain whether hotels will be open due to lack of staffing. I would imagine this would also extend to restaurants as well as their suppliers. Those that are open will most likely be busy.

          1. re: JazzyB

            For those looking, I know that the Olivier House Hotel in the Quarter (Toulouse and Dauphine) is open and as of this morning had plenty of rooms. It could be described as a little on the funky side, definitely more "European" as small hotels go, but friendly friendly folks and airconditioning.

          2. re: N.O.Food

            How do you know that power is restored Uptown?

            1. re: jfood

    's uptown forum, and my landlord stayed.

                1. re: N.O.Food

                  Not all of uptown has power. I stayed, and my power was restored today (Napolean/St Charles hood) but it's very sporadic, my sister in the University Area, doesn't have power, and a neighboor on Coliseum said he doesn't either. Best to get in touch with neighboors, someone on your block before assuming.
                  As for food, I can add Molly's and Coop's both have their grills running, Juan's on Magazine is up and most restaurants (including Slim's) are serving but as of today, extremely limited menus. (slim's had either scrambled eggs or pancakes) All of Magazine seems to have power, and Whole Foods is slated to open Friday. Both Rouse's and Winn Dixie on Tchop are open, but when I drove by, extremely long lines outside.
                  House damage was minimal and seems like most stuff to fix is cosmetic, but right now the city is still a little rough.

                  Oh, Buffa's served straight thru the storm. I know, I stayed in the Quarter and saw journalists walking in with hot food at lunchtime Monday.

          3. I just talked with the Omni Royal Orleans and confirmed they will be open Friday---the operator said "come on down." This morning an NPR report said John Besh opened Luke for dinner last night.


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            1. re: Charles Nixon

              ALL of these restaurants are open with more coming online. I hope that this helps!

              • Buffa's
              Tel: (504) 949-0038; 1001 Esplanade Avenue
              • Jager Haus German Bistro
              Tel: (504) 525-9200; 833 Conti Street,
              • Janita's
              Tel: (504) 373-5337; 1906 Magazine Street
              • Luke Restaurant
              Tel: (504) 378-2840; 333 Saint Charles Avenue
              • Molly’s at the Market
              Tel: (504) 525-5169; 1107 Decatur Street
              • Port of Call
              Tel: (504) 522-8450; 838 Esplanade Avenue
              • Rotolo’s Pizzeria
              Tel: (504) 671-3987; 201 Decatur Street
              • Slim Goodies Diner
              Tel: (504) 891-3447; 3322 Magazine Street
              • Stein’s Deli
              Tel: (504) 527-0771; 2207 Magazine Street
              • Superior Grill
              Tel: (504) 899-4200; 3636 Saint Charles Avenue

              1. re: uberflack

                Thanks for taking the time to put that list together and posting it. I'm sure that the restaurants and diners will appreciate it.

                Just got word that Jefferson Parish had opened, with Orleans tomorrow (so the reporters on the ground say), but water and electricity are still a problem.

                Personally, I hate to think of New Orleans Metro should have to miss two weekends of business, but I guess that's just the way it is.

                Best of luck to all,


                1. re: uberflack

                  How are you getting this info? I've been scouring the internet trying to find a comprehensive list and I haven't had any luck.

                  1. re: lawstudent

                    Much of town's internet is down, you find it sporadically, like the electricity. So businesses might not be getting on line, but there are enough people on the ground to give reports. As the FQ and the CBD have been with power since the evening after the storm, chances are all the businesses there will be geared up by the weekend. Alot is open now (especially the bars, d'accord!)

              2. I just spoke with Irene's (prior reservation) and Galatoire's ---both will reopen Friday. Galatoire's claimed they will have "the full menu."


                1. I had coffee and a bagel for breakfast from PJ's by Lafayatte Square and Welty's for lunch. I'm hearing that Rouses on Tchoup is opening. Folks are coming back slowly but surely. Bon Ton is open and Superior so come on out to one of those and have a beer tonight. I just got a report that traffic is at a stand still coming into the city in Slidell.