kermit ruffins

Trumpet player Kermit Ruffins has been given the green light to reopen Ernie K-Doe's Mother-in-Law Lounge.

The Times-Picayune reports that the City Council voted Thursday to allow Ruffins reopen the famous music venue. Council action was needed because the business was closed for more than six months in 2011.

Councilwoman Jackie Clarkson thanked Ruffins for "saving history."

Ruffins told the council he is "looking forward to having a grand time in there. I can't wait for all of you to come down and party with us."

On this year-end edition of All Things New Orleans we highlighting some of our most interesting stories from 2011. We'll hear from Kermit Ruffins, Leah Chase, and the residents of the New Orleans batture.

Jack Hopke is your host for WWNO's weekly news magazine.