Robert Morris of the Uptown Messenger reports that a new banquet/wedding hall type venue from caterer and restauratuer Joel Dondis? founder of Sucre, La Petite Grocery, and Grand Isle? will be heading to 1900 Magazine Street in the Lower Garden District, a vacant historical building that Dondis plans to "restore it to its original splendor."
Also in the LGD, Morris also reports that a new high end coffee shop with sidewalk seating HiVolt is coming to 1829 Sophie Wright Place, from Saint owner/Supagroup rocker Benji Lee. Lee's wife will also offer light fare like frittatas and sandwiches, and the cafe will serve "third wave coffee" which basically means they'll have an "artisanal approach" to coffee, buying beans directly from growers. They plan to open in August.