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Snake & Jake's Turns 20, Upcoming Brick & Spoon, More

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UPTOWN— Laura McKnight reports that New Orleans preeminent dive Snake & Jake's is celebrating their 20th anniversay this Friday, February 14, with The party starts at 5:30 p.m. (that's p.m. NOT a.m.) with cake from Maple Street Patisserie. and Food Drunk parked out front from 6 to 9 p.m. They'll also be collecting donations that night for the New Orleans Musicians' Clinic. Snake & Jake's is located at (7612 Oak St). []

GARDEN DISTRICT— Todd A. Price reports that Lafayette-based breakfast chain Brick & Spoon is heading to New Orleans in late summer/early fall. They're actually building a new restaurant at 2802 Magazine St. in a vacant lot next to Coquette. The menu is described as "Cajun" and "Southern-inspired" and with that there is the promise of sourcing locally and making everything "from scratch," and there will be dinner service too.

NOLA— Just in time for Carnival, beer whisperer Nora McGunnigle brings you all the best Mardi Gras brews and where to find them along the parade routes. Get Bayou Teche's Courir de Mardi Gras at Avenue Pub (also at Ole Sainte and Lager's). Abita's Mardi Gras Boch at Blind Pelican, Irish House, and Superior Seafood. NOLA Brewing's ode to torch bearers Flambeau Red is availabe at Circle Bar and New Orleans Hamburger & Seafood Co., and there's also Gordon Biersch's Carnival Bock available in house.

LGD— Courtyard Brewery hopes to open at 1020 Erato by July 4, but Robert Morris reports that owners Lindsay Hellwig and Scott Wood "will have to wait another month before finding out the city's stance on their project" as the CPC has now deferred the meeting until March 11, with some concern over live music and outdoor events. Until then, the city will be reviewing the duo's plans, seen here. [UptownMessenger, Curbed]

Snake & Jake's [Photo: Yelp/Mary B.]