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One-Off Dinners Fight Summer Doldrums; A New CBD Booze Spot

Plus, SnoWizard gets robbed, Maple Street zoning woes and more.

Public Belt, a new cocktail lounge in the Hilton Riverside.
Public Belt, a new cocktail lounge in the Hilton Riverside.

NOLA— Ian McNulty talks upcoming one-off dinners planned for this month, including Dickie Brennan Steak House's grass fed beef picnic, Compere Lapin's wine and North West seafood dinner and more. [Advocate]

QUARTER— Attention Red Dress runners, the Redd's Apple Ale truck will be parked at Armstrong Park from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow, August 8, with free tacos and samples of of its apple, green apple and strawberry ales. [Eaterwire]

UPTOWN— Councilwoman Susan Guidry's proposed Maple Street zoning overlay—which would "require restaurants to apply for special zoning permits in order to sell alcohol and have live music" instead of functioning under the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance which goes into effect on August 12—was shot down by city council this week, but will likely go before them again on August 20. []

UPTOWN— Robert Morris reports that SnoWizard was robbed at gunpoint in broad day light this week, and the gunman made off with a tip jar. [UptownMessenger]

CBD— Helen Freund reports that the Hilton New Orleans Riverside has just unveiled a new 60-seat cocktail and piano bar Public Belt, serving classics and drinks 'inspired by Storyville prostitutes and madams' daily, with live jazz every Thurs-Sat evening. [Gambit]