OPENING ALERT — New Orleans has a brand-new coffee shop — Daily Grind Coffee Co. begins slinging its caffeinated beverages at The Jung Hotel & Residences today. Daily Grind is opening in partnership with local favorite Abita Roasting Co.; Daily Grind is the third Abita-branded cafe, along with its Covington and Madisonville cafes. It’s open at 1500 Canal St. from 6:30a.m. until 5p.m. and is open to the public and hotel guests alike.
EVENTWIRE — Some local wine writers are getting together to put on the New Orleans International Wine Awards, set for November 6 through 8, reports NOLA.com. “We don’t want any local judges, because we want it to be thought of in a bigger context” one of the organizers told the newspaper. Tickets to the tasting are $80. [NOLA.COM]
THE CHAINS — McDonald’s is getting serious about its Louisiana restaurants — the brand is investing $114 million throughout this year and next into the construction and modernization of 206 locations within the state. It’s part of a bigger effort to get most of the fast food giant’s U.S. locations up-to-date.