(Photo: Nicole Voltolina via Facebook)
Businesses in the 100 block of Chartres Street have not only struggled through nearly six months of the COVID-19 shutdowns, they also have a chain link fence blocking their entrances.
Nicole Voltolina, owner of Jimmy J’s Cafe and Nikki’s French Quarter Halloween Store located at 115 and 107 Chartres Street, respectively, took to social media and made a plea to the public to visit her businesses despite the fence.
The fence was placed along the section of Chartres Street shortly after the fire broke out at the next door Quarter House Resort hotel on June 18. No injuries were reported.
It is too early to estimate when we might reopen due to factors involving our repairs,” General Manager Nikki Krivjanick said in a statement posted to social media. “We are heartbroken at this time. As you know, the Quarter House resort is our jewel of the French Quarter. Our team will be reaching out to all owners and future guests to give you more information.”
While the fire damage was limited, repairs are expected to take at least six months, according to Voltolina.
The Quarter Rat has reached out to Voltolina and will update the post when we hear back.
“The fence you see is to help repair that horrible fire that devastated the Quarter House,” Voltolina said. “Unfortunately, it’s going to devastate the remaining businesses on the block. We will not survive.
“We need all the love and support we can get right now. Please and thank you.”
Read Voltolina’s full statement here.