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New Plans For the Much-Awaited Comeback of Nick’s Original Big Train Bar

The founder’s grandson presented the ambitious new plans last week

Rendering of new plans for 2400 Tulane Avenue
Official Photo/Paradym Studios

Two years after first receiving approval from the city to bring back a beloved Tulane Avenue dive bar, Nick’s Original Big Train Bar, the grandson of its founder presented new plans for the revival at a community meeting last week.

According to Midcitymessenger.com, Albert Kattine, the grandson of Nick Castrogiovanni, says that a “series of logistical difficulties,” which included missing application deadlines, has kept the project from breaking ground. At the meeting Thursday evening, Kattine provided an updated vision for the development, plans that add five floors to the existing two, containing a total of 20 residential condominiums, a rooftop pool, bar and gathering space, with additional parking across the street.

Kattine enlisted Nashville architecture firm Paradym Studios, who say they adapted the original plans to match the new construction in the area, which includes a seven-story apartment complex on the same block.

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 shuttered due to Katrina damage.

The project is expected to be completed in the next two years, should next steps in the approval process and construction go according to plan.

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