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City Approves Nick's Big Train Bar, A Huge Comeback For Tulane Avenue

Coffee shop drive-thru won't be part of the plan though

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Big news for the resurrection of Tulane Avenue this week, with Robert Morris reporting that the comeback New Orleanians have all been waiting for— Nick's Original Big Train Bar— has just been approved by the city.

Albert Kattine will bring back his family's iconic business in the form of a new three-story structure at the original site at 2400 Tulane Avenue.  Originally founded in 1918 as a grocery store and beer garden, Nick's morphed into a working man's bar and college hang out known for owner Nick Castrogiovanni's intricate and wacky libations like the Banana Banshee and the Pousse Café . The beloved bar was sadly shuttered due to Katrina damage.

The new Nick's will feature a bar area similar to the original, a beer garden in the back, a rooftop deck, a private events area, kitchen and some off-street parking.  The comeback will no doubt anchor an ongoing $10 million streetscape project for Tulane Avenue while also serving the area's huge new medical corridor.

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