The Pothole opens on Decatur Street, has video game arcade

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The Pothole recently opened on Decatur Street, offering a place to imbibe while playing video games.

Located at 233 Decatur St., The Pothole recently held a soft opening on Thursday.

Business records show The Pothole is owned by MDK 233 Decatur LLC, whose officer is David Karno.

The bar’s website does not appear to be working, but at least it has a social media presence, which can be located at

Trump stopped at Cafe du Monde and gets bag of beignets, tips $100

Donald Trump’s motorcade at Cafe du Monde on Tuesday. Photo credit: Kevin Charles
Former President Donald Trump stopped at Cafe du Monde on Tuesday while en route to a fundraising event and then tipped $100 after receiving a bag of beignets, according to local reports.

The pit stop didn’t appear to be much of a surprise to the local press, since “reporters, cameramen and photographers” were perfectly positioned to capture Trump’s moves as he strolled through the “quintessential” French Quarter attraction, according to Locals and passersby seemed to be caught off guard, which could be explained by the fact that these people don’t follow the fucking news.

One of our fans happened to be nearby when Trump’s motorcade came through and snapped a pic, thankfully, and sent it to us. Our loyal fan was driving past the shops in the 800 block of Decatur Street, a few doors down from Cafe du Monde, when he noticed the motorcade.

“So I rode past a bunch of [old people] and I’m like what’s going on with all this fuckery, do you know what’s going on?” said Kevin Charles. “And they were like no so I’m like oh all right. So I start moving in there like I’m pretty sure Trump’s in town and I was like oh all right fucking right man. And they said some snooty remark and I just kept walking, because fuck those old timers.”

According to, Trump – who is running for a second term as president – was on his way to a campaign fundraiser in Old Metairie when he decided to stop for some white powder-dusted beignets. A server handed him a bag of three beignets, a cafe au lait and Trump tipped the employee $100. His time in the restaurant was about five minutes, according to the newspaper.

Female victim shot in the abdomen on North Rampart Street, NOPD says

A female victim was shot in the abdomen on North Rampart Street in May, according to the New Orleans Police Department, which released surveillance video footage on Friday in the hopes someone can help identify the alleged male suspect.

The incident occurred at about 2:29 a.m. on May 27 in the 900 block of North Rampart Street following a verbal altercation between the victim and the suspect as they passed each other on the street, NOPD officials said after conducting an investigation, which is ongoing.

Police said the altercation allegedly became heated and that’s when the male suspect pulled a handgun out of his bag before shooting the female victim. Officials immediately didn’t provide details on the female victim’s condition.

After the shooting, the suspect removed a jacket from his bag and donned it while fleeing the scene, according to the NOPD.

Anyone with additional information on incident is urged to contact NOPD First District detectives at 504-658-6010. Police said anonymous callers can contact Crimestoppers of Greater New Orleans at 504-822-1111 or toll-free at 1-877-903-7867.

New Orleans Police said they are seeking the public’s help in identifying and locating the alleged suspect, who can be seen in the video below.

Buffa’s is still in business despite closure scare

French Quarter-area residents and tourists received a scare earlier this month that Buffa’s Bar and Restaurant announced that it was on the brink of going out of business, but then the bar did an about-face and said danger was averted, at least for now, after people started showing up.

On July 2, Buffa’s posted an article on social media stating that it will “likely” close sometime that week, with the owners citing “skyrocketing rent, high overhead costs and a decline in tourism and clientele.” The day before, Buffa’s ominously posted “the last brunch,” along with a recorded video of its usual Sunday jazz brunch.

The article said a miracle was needed and something resembling that happened: people started patronizing the shit outta the place.

“Like many things on social media, rumors of our closing have been a little exaggerated,” Buffa’s said in a July 3 post. “The situation is dire, that much is true. But we are overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from the community. We were busy enough on Sunday to postpone closing a little bit. Every day we can do that allows us to discover and explore other options.”

Buffa’s takes its name after Vincent Buffa, who opened the bar on the corner of Burgundy Street and Esplanade Avenue in 1939. Since then, the place has become what some have described as a “staple” or an “institution.”

Despite surviving the COVID-19 pandemic, which resulted in numerous local businesses shutting down, Buffa’s is instead faced with the prospect of shuttering its doors due to declining business.

Buffa’s has, at least for now, avoided closing after an outpouring of support, but warns the situation is still “very fluid” and has asked that regulars make a stop there at least once a month.

The business said that if enough people frequent the establishment on a regular basis, it’ll stay open, but also pleaded with the community to do the same for other family-owned businesses.

“They are hurting too,” the bar stated. “If you could find 3 or 4 places you love to go every month, and your friends did that as well, so many of the places we love in New Orleans would not be facing the ominous prospect of going out of business forever.”

Buffa’s told its staff that it’ll “deal with the future when it gets here,” although right now the place is focusing on saying open. “We promise to hang in there as long as we can,” Buffa’s owners said.

A Buffa’s GoFundMe page was started on July 3, with people contributing more than $24,000 since then.

Buffa’s is located at 1001 Esplanade Ave., on the edge of the French Quarter.

The Pelican Club on Exchange Place reopens July 12 with early COOLinary menu

Picture by Gary J. Wood | CC Flickr
The Pelican Club Restaurant and Bar will reopen Wednesday with an early COOLinary menu after taking a short break for summer vacation.

The restaurant indicated on its website that was closed from June 26 to July 11 for repairs and maintenance.

The COOLinary menu comes weeks in advance of New Orleans restaurant month, an annual tradition in which participating establishments offer multiple-course prix-fixe menus for lunch, dinner and brunch. This year’s restaurant month is from Aug. 1 to Aug. 31.

The Pelican Club’s three-course COOLinary starts at $50 and will be available until Aug. 31. Visit the Pelican Club’s website for more information. Reservations can be made by calling 504-523-1504. The restaurant is located at 312 Exchange Pl. in the French Quarter.

More information on participating New Orleans restaurants month establishments can be found at