Metairie's former nightclub hub turned up-and-coming family-oriented walkable town center Fat City will soon include a Fat City Diner from Galatoire's and Advocate owner John Georges, opening this month in the former Uncle Larry's lounge. Thing is, the diner wants to be an all night pancake affair, which has now prompted Jefferson city council to consider an amendment to the 2010 ordinance–which forced two dozen late night bars and restaurants (including Uncle Larry's) to shutter after they were required to close by midnight on weekdays and 1 a.m. on weekends–to let restaurants and any upcoming entertainment venues (including theaters) stay open late or for 24 hours as long as they don't serve booze. Even current restaurant owners in Fat City are like huh? Phil's Grill owner Phil DeGruy says "there's nothing that really attracts people out (in Fat City) that late anymore." Like, you know, alcohol.
But a new Sheriff's Office/patrol station is going in across from Fat City Diner, which does rather make this seem like a ploy for cops to have a place to gobble up late night pancakes. Fat City's main makeover proponent Councilwoman Cynthia Lee-Sheng finds no contradiction in any of this, stating: "The history of Fat City was always that it was a night-time district. It's not that we want to change that. It's just that we want to neutralize the problem."
UPDATE: Jefferson City Council has voted in favor of allowing restaurants to operate all night, with booze service ending at midnight on weekdays/1 a.m. on weekends.
Fat City Diner
3220 Edenborn Ave
Metairie, Louisiana 70001
Projected Opening: February 2015