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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

              nola.com'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.

                  1. Lago Restaurant on Harrison is open as of tonight, Thursday. Full bar, limited menu for now. Hear they are back to regular menu on Friday.

                    1. The Cake Cafe at the corner of Spain and Chartres has been open since Tues. Serving breakfast and Lunch 7a-2p. Fresh Lafitte Crab meat on the menu for weekend specials.

                      1. Oh, and the Rue on Magazine, and as of this morning, the Sound Cafe in the Bywater were both serving hot coffee. Jaeger House ran out of milk and most items yesterday, but may be re-stocked today (didn't check).

                        1. Just talked to the owner of Dick & Jenny's, they will be reopen on Friday and are thinking of opening on Sunday and Monday this week as well (usually their days off). Also heard that La Boca and Rio Mar reopening on Friday as well. I'm sure a bunch of more places will be opening, these are just the ones I've heard of.

                          1. Emeril's Restaurant reopens Friday, September 5th with dinner service at 5:00pm, as will NOLA in the French Quarter. Emeril's Gulf Coast Fish House in Gulfport, Mississippi returned to service on Wednesday.

                            Emeril's Chef David Slater is featuring a full menu including original creations like Colorado Lamb Spareribs with Creole Tomato-Chili Glaze and Abita Root Beer Braised "Fresh Bacon" Salad with Citrus Slaw, Goat Cheese and Pork Cracklings.

                            This Sunday, Emeril's will celebrate the game day festivities by opening the kitchen and bar early at 3:00pm.

                            Walk-ins are welcomed and casual attire is accepted.

                            Emeril's Restaurant
                            800 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130

                            Nola Restaurant
                            534 Rue St. Louis, New Orleans, LA 70130

                            Emeril's Gulf Coast Fish House
                            3300 West Beach Blvd., Gulfport, MS 39501

                            1. Mandina's Restaurant re-opened today. It's at 3800 Canal Street in Mid-City right on the streetcar line. They are open regular hours and have almost the whole menu available.

                              1. Cooter Brown's is open on Saturday; football, booze and food.

                                1. Crepes a la Cart is now open daily from 10:00 am - midnight or later for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. Also serving ice cream and cafe drinks. Come see us or call in your order at 866-2362.

                                  1039 Broadway Street, Uptown, by Tulane University.

                                  Some of our favorites:

                                  -Chicken Florentine Crepe
                                  -Monte Cristo Crepe
                                  -Crepe Italian
                                  -Sundae Royale Crepe
                                  -Bananas and Nutella Crepe
                                  -Strawberry Cheesecake Crepe