Chelsea’s to open in late October, reborn at 1010 Nicholson space with a focus on live music

Chelsea’s Café, a longtime bar, restaurant and live music venue that closed in 2015 under the Perkins Road overpass, will open later this month in a new location as Chelsea’s Live.

The new “artist-friendly venue” will be at 1010 Nicholson Drive between LSU and downtown in the historic warehouse now dubbed 1010 Nic that was once home to Montalbano Produce.

Chelsea’s Cafe owner Dave Remmetter and a team of co-owners are working on the project, which started drumming up support via social media posts earlier this fall about construction progress and through announcements of booked gigs. First up—at least in terms of the most updated schedule—will be The Artificial Scarcity Tour with Hobo Johnson & The Love Makers on Oct. 30. Find out more information about that show here.

Others include New Orleans’ own Rebirth Brass Band Dec. 3, Americana singer-songwriter Charley Crockett Dec. 4, and The Black Angels and Mock Orange set for January 2022.

“A 6,300-square-foot space featuring a state of the art sound system, 30×20 foot stage, one of a kind artist greenrooms, and custom bars, Chelsea’s Live will have a wide diversity of tour programming accommodating all genres, as well as local showcases and private events,” the social media announcement said.

A followup announcement also clarified that the initial focus of the venue will be live music and entertainment only, though a food menu—including Chelsea’s much-loved grilled cheese sandwich with tomato-basil soup—may be incorporated later.

For more details on Chelsea’s return, check out this Aug. 23 story from Daily Report and head to chelseaslive.com for the latest show announcements.