Tag Archives: Hurricane Katrina

The Status of New Orleans Restaurants, Post-Katrina

Here are two seperate articles talking about the restaurant scene in New Orleans, and how difficult reconstruction has been.

From the first article:

Of the 3,400 restaurants in the greater New Orleans area before Katrina, only 26 percent have reopened, said Tom Weatherly of the Louisiana Restaurant Association. Only about 300 of those are in the city.

The second article gives a more focused account of reconstuction, and how it affects several people personally.

The Brennans’ tenure as Commander’s proprietors, during which the restaurant served as a launching pad for Paul Prudhomme and Emeril Lagasse, has left an indelible mark on New Orleans’ recent history. But its long past did not serve it well during hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

“Water came in through the ceiling and I guess the wall,” Martin said. “There was some kind of weird sideways rain. And then along came Rita. We pretty much have to rip everything out and put it back in.”

Martin calls a March re-opening a “best-case scenario.”

It’s still difficult to tell how much Katrina has affected, not just the restaurant scene, but the overall culture of New Orleans. But if these articles are any indication, the hill they have to climb is pretty steep.

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The Return of the Restaurants of New Orleans

It’s been over six weeks since Katrina, and New Orleans is slowly getting back to life. Robert at Appetites has a few posts with pictures from some of the restaurants that have re-opened.

Sadly, I think the difficult part is not in re-opening, but in staying open. I wish the owners, chefs and staffs all the luck and skill in the world.

Hurricane Katrina Restaurant Blog

From their site:

“Find out how restaurateurs are reacting to the devastation from Hurricane Katrina. Through our “Restaurants Respond” update, we’ll help spread the word about operators who organize fundraisers, employers trying to contact employees and personal accounts of restaurateurs affected by the devastation.”

Thanks to Josh for the tip.

Hurricane Katrina: Blog for Relief Day

It was February of 1998. For the first time in years, I could take a trip that was not business related in any sense of the word. My choice of destination?

New Orleans.

My friends and I were there a week before Mardi Gras, and we had a blast…from what I can remember of it.

We hit Bourbon Street of course, where we sampled many of the local drinks. We collected beads, and my friends had no concerns in…ahem…displaying their wares.

But it was the meals in which we truly indulged. Po’Boys, mufalattas, crawdads, etouffee…you name a local delicacy, we sampled it.

Even more memorable? The people. Everyone, both known and newly known, gave us nothing but smiles and pats on the backs (and the occaisional drink). There was not a single unpleasant incident the entire week we were there.

What they must be going through at the moment is beyond my own comprehension. As somone wrote elsewhere, when you watch a drenched woman guide her husband’s corpse downriver that makes you realize that what’s going on in your life really pales in comparison.

As everyone knows by now, Hurricane Katrina has devastated New Orleans and several states in the Gulf region. Right now, many people need food and shelter. So along with many other blogs, today I’m going to ask for readers to help out.

There will be time in the near future to answer important questions: How many people have died? When will people be allowed to go home? Did government ineptness make matters worse?

But today? Today we need to feed and shelter the dispossesed.

Today is Blog for Relief day. Your help is needed. Click on the graphic in this post, or the one directly to the right. Donate money. It’s that simple.

Please give any money you can spare to America’s Second Harvest, my (and eGullets) charity of choice. Help them provide food for those who’ve survived and to those who have been displaced by Hurrican Katrina.

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New Orleans and Katrina Aftermath

A flood wall broke and water from Lake Pontchartrain is flooding the city at an alarming rate. According to WWLTV.com, residents will probably be allowed back in town in a week, with identification only, but only to get essentials and clothing. You will then be asked to leave and not come back for one month.

That’s approximately six weeks without a home.

I’ve heard from one of the New Orleans food blogs and they’re out of state and all right, considering their house is under 12 feet of water. Ive yet to hear word from the others.

As for the rest of the City? It remains to be seen…

You can help out by sending money and/or volunteers to any of the below charities.

America’s Second Harvest
Phone:312-263-2303 ext. 147

American Disaster Reserve
Phone: 804-287-1246

American Red Cross
Phone” (202) 303-8635

Disaster Psychiatry Outreach
Phone: 212-598-9995

Humane Society of the United States
Phone: 301-548-7774
Cell Phone: 301-526-5081


Hurricanes are horrible and devastating, regardless of where they hit. But several of the people in the links to the down and right make New Orleans their home.

Be well all.

While we’re waiting to see what occurs, now is as good of a time as any to help out the Red Cross. Throw some money their way if you can afford it. Choose “National Disaster Relief Fund” to send the money to hurricane relief.