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April 2nd

Marcia Ball

Lafayette Square (5 p.m.)

Robin Barnes opens for this week's Wednesday at the Square performance 


Think You're Funny?

Carrollton Station (9 p.m.)

Stand-up comedy open mic in Riverbend


Walter Wolfman Washington

d.b.a. (10 p.m.)

Fiery blues on Frenchmen - every week


Major Bacon

Banks Street Bar (10 p.m.)

Blues rock and BLTs!


Hump Day SIN

Country Club (All Day)

Half-off admission to pool area for service industry members from 10 a.m. - 1 a.m.


Mississippi Rail Co.

Maple Leaf Bar (10p.m.)

Blues on Oak St.


Tin Men

dba (7p.m.)

Weekly Wed Gig- The world's premiere washboard-sousaphone-guitar trio.


Treme Brass Band

Candlelight Lounge (9p.m.)

Weekly Wed Gig- Pass on by and see the 6th Ward’s home band.



April 3rd

Vendy Awards

French Market (7 p.m.)

Food trucks do battle at 2nd annual mobile munchie meetup


Found Footage Fest

One Eyed Jacks (7 p.m.)

The touring collection of screen gems lands in the Quarter


New Orleans International Puppet Fest

Marigny Opera House (8 p.m.)

Opening night!


New Orleans Zephyrs Opening Night

Zephyr Field (7 p.m.)

Mr. Nutria's Boys of Summer return!


Freaks of April 

Prytania Bar (10 p.m.)

with Mulherin, Shay Briggs and more


Bring Your Own

Alvar Public Library (7:30 p.m.)

Storytelling showcase is On the Verge


Ogden After Hours

Ogden Museum (6-8 p.m.)

This week feat. vocal stylings of Brienn Perry


Soul Rebels

Le Bon Temps Roule (11 p.m.)

Brass band on Magazine!




April 4th

La Boheme

Mahalia Jackson Theatre (8 p.m.)

New Orleans Opera Association heads to Paris!


Bach Around the Clock

Trinity Episcopal Church (7 p.m.)

24 hours of nonstop Bach on Jackson Ave!


New Orleans International Puppet Fest

Marigny Opera House (8 p.m.)

Mudlark and co. present...


Airborne Toxic Event

Old U.S. Mint (7 p.m.)

Indie rock hitmakers in an intimate venue


The Queers


One Eyed Jacks (10 p.m.)

Punk legends joined by Joystick, Pears and more


T'bois Blues Festival

Larose (1 p.m. -til)

Day 1 features Keller Williams, Colin Lake, King James & the Special Men and more




Prytania Theatre (1 p.m.-midnight)

Full day of film kicks off the weeklong run!


Julia Jump

City Park Arbor Room (7-11 p.m.)

PRC's annual fundraiser heads for a Mid-City night's dream!


Underhill Family Orchestra

Gasa Gasa (8 p.m.)

with Coyotes


Bounce night

Siberia (10 p.m.)

with Big Freedia, Katey Red , Magnolia Rhome and more

Applebee's to Move Into Vacant Brennan's Restaurant

by Casey Soso

Earlier today, Applebee’s CEO and President Zane Tankel announced that he plans on opening New Orleans’ first restaurant where in the former Brennan’s Restaurant building on Royal Street. 


For years the French Quarter has been home to some of the most famous restaurants in the world, including the likes of Galatoire’s, Antoines and The Palace Cafe, but has never had a major chain restaurant. 


Applebee’s, a national chain restaurant specializing in mainstream casual American dining, plans to break ground on the new eatery in upcoming months. The restaurant will be a hybrid between their traditional “neighborhood bar and grill” and a more fitting New Orleans concept.  


Inspired by the success of their “Bourbon Black and Bleu Burger,” Applebee’s corporate executives remark, “New Orleans likes cheap food. And we’re going to give it to them.” Combining their national menu with local favorites such as the Vegan Jambalaya Rice Bowl and the Crayfish Etouffee Pasta, Applebee’s hopes to attract their target demographic of middle class tourists.  


A part of the Brennan’s family restaurant legacy, the Brennan’s Restaurant closed in June 2013 after filing for bankruptcy. The closing was unexpected and left many employees out of work with no notice. 


When asked what he felt about the new opening, former owner Owen “Pip” Brennan said “Applebees is an American institution unlike any other, and it would be a welcome addition to the city and its culture. Also, people would stop blaming me for losing their job.”  


Not everyone is happy about the ownership change. According to French Quarter resident and local musician “ 


“This is probably the worst thing that could happen in our neighborhood. If I wanted to eat at Applebee’s, I’d go to Veterans (expletive) Highway.”  


Some restaurateurs have voiced concern as to what this change could mean for tourists visiting the Quarter. “Now instead of getting overpriced, mediocre New Orleans food, tourists can get overpriced, mediocre American food.” commented one restaurant manager.  


“Luckily tourists will never have to worry about trying food they have never tasted, paying more than $20 per person, or being served with a smile” a former Brennan’s employee said.  


Tankel said he’s not trying to conform to the city’s long-entrenched high standards for food. 


“We’re not here to improve the community or culture of the city,” said Tankel. We’re just trying to make money.” 







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