The Bulldog owners to bring Mexican restaurant to Old Hammond
Two New Orleans developers have signed a purchase agreement for $900,000 to buy the vacant building on Old Hammond Highway that formerly housed the renowned Chalet Brandt gourmet restaurant and was more recently the site of Mandina's and, later, Another Broken Egg Café. Herb Dyer and Rusty White, who own and operate The Bulldog bars in New Orleans and here on Perkins Road, plan to tear down the building and redevelop the property as a high-end Mexican restaurant called The Velvet Cactus, according to the agent representing them in the sale, Mark Hebert of Kurz & Hebert Commercial Real Estate. The new restaurant will be between 3,500 and 4,500 square feet, including a patio, and will have parking in the back. That's roughly the same size as the existing structure, but it will be configured differently and will therefore require zoning approval. "The existing building is just functionally obsolete and needs to be torn down," Hebert says. "But we're not changing the use of the property, and we hope everyone realizes what a good thing this will be for the neighborhood." This will be the second Velvet Cactus for Dyer and White; they opened their first one in the Lakeview section of New Orleans last year. Hebert expects the deal on the bank-owned building to close in about 100 days. —Stephanie Riegel
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Bad Guys, Good Eats! Pop-Up Dinner at Restaurant IPO
Chef and 225 contributor Jay D. Ducote and Chef Chris Wadsworth hosted the Bad Guys, Good Eats! dinner at Restaurant IPO Wednesday night. The dinner was themed around famous movie villains, pairing cocktails and ales with plates of food resembling famous baddies like The Joker, Lord Voldemort, Hannibal Lector, and many others. The highlights of the night were the three middle courses—a black bean soup laced with blood sausage to signify Lord Voldemort, a brace of coneys on black eyed peas resembling Sauron, and lamb medallions atop a fava bean puree to pay homage to the famous favorite of Hannibal Lector.
Elizabeth Arkley Hammett, a local nursing student and Fur Ball co-coordinator, and her husband Grey Hammett III, who works in commercial real estate, will take you through our summer guide. And they'll look good while doing it, too. Where noted, their clothes and accessories are available from local retailers.
These swimsuits will keep you stylish all summer long
Better Block BR
On Saturday the two blocks between Bedford and Beverly drives on April 13, 2013, residents will get to see a model of what Government Street could look like if we push local and state officials to update the roadway to a safer, more "complete street" model.