Claret Wine & Cocktail Bar
The team behind Bar Frances and Tujague’s, Latter Hospitality opened Claret Wine & Cocktail Bar on May 16 in the new Framework development in the Lower Garden District at 1320 Magazine Street. The menu includes more than 25 wines by the glass, 30 domestic and imported craft beers, and seasonal craft cocktails, all curated by Bar Manager Craig Seaman and Wine Director Lizzie Lenson. Claret will also offer an extensive charcuterie program and a small plates menu planned by Executive Chef Marcus Woodham.
Fairfield Inn and Suites Metairie
On May 15, Fairfield by Marriott Inn & Suites opened in Metairie at 2710 Severn Avenue. The 124-room hotel features the brand’s newest design and décor and includes an outdoor swimming pool, fitness center, meeting room, complimentary hot breakfast, complimentary laundry service, complimentary Wi-Fi, as well as fax and copy services and free parking for guests. The hotel operates as a Marriott franchise, owned and managed by Baywood Hotels of Columbia, Maryland.
Ernst & Young Neat Center
Just as Ernst & Young, one of the largest professional service firms in the world, is celebrating 100 years in New Orleans, the company has announced that it will be expanding its local offices at 701 Poydras St. with a new “National Executive Assistance Team (NEAT)” Center, which will provide back-office services to EY executives around the country. The center is expected to add 175 employees over the next three years, plus EY will add another 25 employees to its risk services division. The company currently has 180 employees in New Orleans.
Moe’s Original Bar B Que
Moe’s Original Bar B Que is now open at 1101 N. Causeway Blvd. in Metairie. The 2,100-square-foot fast casual restaurant is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner and offers Alabama BBQ, fresh seafood and fish, as well as southern sides and desserts and a full premium bar. The restaurant also offers full-service catering.
After five years in business in Metairie, Therapydia opened its second location in Mid-City on May 1 at 421 N. Carrollton Avenue. Unlike traditional physical therapy clinics, Therapydia aims to be a lifetime wellness provider, offering one-on-one services like annual PT assessments and run analyses.
Little Pnuts Toy Shoppe
Since debuting as a specialized toy box subscription in 2012, founder Melissa Beese’s Little Pnuts brand has evolved to offer sustainably sourced toys, as well as board games and party décor for children and adults alike. On May 11, Little Pnuts Toy Shoppe & Party Boutique officially opened its expanded location at 400 Harrison Avenue, complete with new offerings including a rentable event space, weekly activities and a custom balloon design bar.
Grace Funeral Home
Service Corporation International (SCI), North America’s largest provider of funeral, cemetery and cremation services, and the Archdiocese of New Orleans, celebrated the opening of Grace Funeral Home and St. Lazarus of Bethany Memorial Garden on May 2. Grace Funeral Home and St. Lazarus of Bethany Memorial Garden spans more than 50 acres of land leased from the Archdiocese of New Orleans to SCI at 450 Holy Trinity Dr. in Covington. The projects includes an 8,500-square-foot facility, and the initial development of 800 cemetery plots, 300 mausoleum crypts and 200 cremation niches of St. Lazarus of Bethany Memorial Garden.