Emporium Arcade Bar, a small chain of Chicago-born arcade bars co-founded by a Tulane grad, is opening a seventh location in New Orleans next month. Since Danny Marks and his brother Doug opened the first Emporium in 2012, the locations in the Chicago and then the Bay Area and Vegas have drawn steady crowds of 20-somethings for its arcade games, pinball machines, skee-ball, pool tables, and more, in addition to an extensive selection of beer, wine, and cocktails. Marks, who played gigs in the neighborhood while in school at Tulane, chose the former Art Market in St. Roch in part because of the foundation of art throughout, which he says he plans to build on with additional work by local artists (Sea Cave, the popular arcade bar nearby on St. Claude Avenue, is also known for its murals). Emporium Arcade Bar is set to open at 2231 St. Claude Avenue next month, according to the Times-Picayune/New Orleans Advocate.
Special dinner at Vyoone’s will celebrate local Black farmers
A special dinner at Warehouse District mainstay Vyoone’s next week will benefit the Black Farmer Fund while highlighting ingredients sourced from local Black farmers. Chef Omar Tate from Honeysuckle Provisions, a new West Philly grocery store and community center, will build each course around a “hero ingredient” from a nearby farm for the event, part of a ‘Cultivating Community: Dinner Series’ that kicked off earlier this month in NYC at Oko Farms, an outdoor aquaponics farm in Brooklyn. Tickets for the dinner on Tuesday, August 30 are $125 per person.
Bacchanal taps top chefs to raise money for local abortion fund
Bywater wine and live music destination Bacchanal is raising money for the American Civil Liberties Union and the New Orleans Abortion Fund by bringing in top local chefs for special dinners every other Tuesday from now until November. Still to come in the lineup are Alex Harrell from the Virgin Hotel, Jacqueline Blanchard from Sukeban, and Mason Hereford from Turkey and the Wolf/Molly’s Rise and Shine. See here for tickets and info.
A best chef, South James Beard Award winner hits New Orleans
Oxford, Mississippi chef and James Beard Award winner Vishwesh Bhatt is heading to New Orleans next week, and making a number of stops to promote his new cookbook, I Am From Here: Stories and Recipes from a Southern Chef. First up is a book release party at Turkey and the Wolf on August 31, whose owner Mason Hereford recently debuted his own cookbook ( Turkey and the Wolf: Flavor Trippin’ in New Orleans, the release of which was delayed by an unfortunate cargo ship collapse. Then Bhatt has a book signing at the Chicory House, the reinvented coffee shop and cafe connected to the Garden District Book Shop. Tickets are $25, with book tickets starting at $55.
New win in decade-long Camellia Grill trademark fight
A decade-long trademark fight at iconic diner Camellia Grill is one step closer to being resolved after an appeals court sided with the current restaurant owner (Hicham Khodr) this week, reports the Times Picayune/New Orleans Advocate. The former owner, Michael Shwartz, claimed to still have control over the name, logo, and other trademarks of Camellia Grill; Khodr, and the most recent courts, characterize it as a case of “seller’s remorse.”
Inaugural Lower Nine Fest will feature NOLA’s top food trucks
The first-ever Lower Nine Fest takes place tomorrow, August 27, at Oliver Bush Playground in the Ninth Ward, a day of music, food, and community celebrating the historic neighborhood. Local food trucks slated to appear include the Cooking Therapist, Beaucoup Eats, Paddy Daddy, Funkee Foodz, and Danielle’s New Orleans Sno Balls. The festival takes place from noon to 4 p.m. at 2500 Fats Domino Avenue and is free and open to the public.