New Orleans, LA – It wasn't that long ago that having a mere Web page put restaurateurs on the forefront of online marketing and tech-savvy self-promotion. More recently, a few have added official restaurant blogs where regular customers and curious others can keep abreast of specials and kitchen doings.
New Orleans, LA – In 1995, marketumbrella.org reinvented tradition by inviting farmers and fishers back to the center of New Orleans to sell the fruits of their labors in a recurrent public setting. In the Katrina recovery years, the further proliferation of public markets has been among the authentic expressions of neighborhood resilience in a recovery that has put many residents' backs to the wall.
The Katrina anniversary is naturally when we look back on all that's happened since the disaster, for better or worse. In the realm of New Orleans restaurants, there's a lot to consider, not lest being the roll call of lost restaurants.
New Orleans, LA – For the past four years, New Orleans has been a living case study for just how much local restaurants can mean to a community. That's because, thanks to Katrina, the city's entire restaurant industry came to a screeching, violent halt in late August 2005. And for a long time, there was the open question of which restaurants would come back, how they would do it and what they would be like afterward.
New Orleans, LA – Even before Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans folks of a certain generation could tell tales of a restaurant scene in the lakefront's West End area that was hard for younger people to imagine.
Where some of us saw a marina, a parking lot and just a handful of seafood joints, they remembered restaurant after restaurant, many of them built on stilts over Lake Pontchartrain.