Revisiting 50 years of Where New Orleans.
This year marks Where New Orleans’ 50th anniversary. To commemorate the mid-century milestone, we opened our archives, dusted off back issues and throughout 2018 will be revisiting years past. This month we set the wayback machine to 2008.
The 73rd annual Sugar Bowl kicked things off, followed by the BCS Championship playoff and the NBA All-Star Game, for which Where went one-on-one with then-rising star of the then-named New Orleans Hornets, Chris Paul. Don Shula’s Steak House fed sports fan hunger at the JW Marriott, while celebrity chef Todd English rolled the restaurant dice at Harrah's Hotel with Riche, which would soon be trumped by Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse.
Trump Tower had big plans for Poydras Street (that never materialized), the St. Charles streetcar got back on track post-Katrina and the Audubon Insectarium opened on Canal Street. We checked in with “Blue Dog” artist George Rodrigue, along with legendary pop artist Peter Max (who created our November cover in celebration of the inaugural Prospect.1 contemporary art biennial) and checked out “Napoleon’s Treasures” at the Old U.S. Mint.
Wine bars and absinthe collectibles were all the rage, neo-burlesque was shaking things up at the Royal Sonesta Hotel, Paste magazine named the Louisiana Music Factory among the “17 Coolest Record Stores in America” and wheretraveler.com debuted, offering on-theground, on-the-go travel info for 40-plus cities.
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