Freret Street is about to have a very big holiday season. The Uptown Messenger reports that a jazz club, cocktail bar, coffee shop, and sandwich counter are all planning to open by New Years within a two block radius. They'll join Midway Pizza, Company Burger, Cure, Dat Dog, Ancora, Hi Hat and more in an area that looks like its now gearing up for some more nightlife to accompany the great restaurants. Here's the low down on Freret's new openings.
Funky Butt Jazz Club
Location: 4716 Freret
Projected Opening: New Years
Owner Shanekah Peterson will reopen the Funky Butt in a former bank far from her former Quarter home. The building still has a large vault, which Peterson says she may use as a "mixology station," or a space to pay homage to the club's roots.
Freret Street PubliQ House
Location: 4528 Freret
Projected Opening: November
The cocktail pub/music venue will have 1952 Dodge Army truck covered with bullet holes to serve as the sound booth, and other funky decor, says Owner Rhett Briggs says.
The Rook Café
Location: 4516 Freret
Projected Opening: December at 4516 Freret Street.
The Rook Café's owner Scott Solo aims for a hip take on a French-salon style cafe with large paintings on the wall and light fare like pastries and soups.
Location: 4510 Freret
Projected Opening: December
Owner Ray Arnona of Vinnie's Sports Bar and Grill on the West Bank and his family will run the upscale sandwich counter/deli with plans to sell artisan meats and cheeses, plus specialty jams and pickled products. Sounds vaguely familiar (shh, St. James Cheese). The space has a 3,600-square-foot dining area.