Why is Prytania Street's nearly-finished chain monstrosity, Checkered Parrot, sitting idle behind its fence like a dead bird in a cage, you ask? Well, Todd Price reports that the state forced construction to stop in February because the contractor apparently doesn't even have a license. There's also the fact that owner/developer Mike Morad happened to be charged with Medicare fraud by a federal grand jurylast year. Morad also owns the Italian Pie location across the street (3706 Prytania), which has also just mysteriously shuttered.
A representative from Checkered Parrot's franchising company still seems to believe the restaurant will open though, and that it's only a month out from being finished. The two-storied building is supposed to house the same 'multi-colored, sensory battering decor' as the now-shuttered Quarter location, plus two levels of live music, bars, bleh-worthy pub grub, and frat-fueled promos that one can only hope will include Health Care Kickback Tuesdays with $2 Bad Medicine shots all night long.
An Eater tipster reports that before shuttering, Italian Pie employees had been telling customers that the Checkered Parrot building would be heading to the auction block. Italian Pie currently has a sign on their door promising to reopen in a week or so after completing "systems modifications," which in parrot speak sounds a lot like sketchy bird, sketchy bird.
· At Checkered Parrot bar and restaurant on Prytania Street, state stops construction [NOLA.com]
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