The Quarter Rat’s Report of Actual Code Health

The Quarter Rat’s Report of Actual Code Health lists the most recent East Safe Louisiana inspections at French Quarter dining establishments, and are taken from the Department of Health’s website. Inspections are conducted randomly and unannounced, and are a matter of public record. For more information on inspections conducted at New Orleans dining establishments, visit ldh.la.gov.

July 22, 2021

Akimbo, 507 Frenchmen St., 10:15 a.m. (routine)
Violations:
Non-critical items:

  • Food is not stored in a clean, covered container. No ice bin covers provided.
  • The toilet room door is not tight fitting and self-closing.
  • A covered waste can is not provided in the ladies toilet room.
  • Floors are not smooth and easily cleanable. Unsealed concrete behind the bar.

Starbucks Coffee Store 18830, 700 Canal St., 5:30 p.m. (follow-up)
Violations:
None.

JW Marriott New Orleans (banquet kitchen), 614 Canal St., 5:35 p.m. (routine)
Violations
Non-critical:

  • Bulk containers are not properly labeled.
  • Clean equipment/utensils are not stored covered or inverted.

July 23, 2021

Daisy Dukes, 123 Carondelet St., 5:15 p.m. (routine)
Violations
Critical:

  • Ready to eat, potentially hazardous food prepared on premises and held for more than 24 hours is not date marked–corrected on site.
  • Food stored for cold-holding and service was not held at a temperature of 41 °F or below–corrected on site.
  • Raw animal food is not separated from ready to eat food, or is placed, stored or displayed above ready to eat food–corrected on site; repeat violation.
  • Food contact surfaces and utensils are not clean to sight and touch–corrected on site.

Non-critical:

  • Bulk containers are not properly labeled.
  • Food scoop is constructed without a handle–corrected on site.
  • Single use/single service articles are not stored at least six inches off the floor.
  • The hand wash lavatory is used for purpose other than hand washing–corrected on site.
  • The permit is not valid due to nonpayment of fees/penalties.

July 26, 2021

Laura’s Candies, 331 Chartres St., 10:45 a.m., (follow-up)
Violations
Non-critical:

  • Floors are not clean.

Big Easy Daiquiris, 619 bourbon St., 12 p.m., (follow-up)
Violations
No Violations.

The Quarter Rat’s Report of Actual Code Health

(All art by Eric T. Styles)
The Quarter Rat’s Report of Actual Code Health lists the most recent East Safe Louisiana inspections at French Quarter dining establishments, and are taken from the Department of Health’s website. Inspections are conducted randomly and unannounced, and are a matter of public record. For more information on inspections conducted at New Orleans restaurants and elsewhere, visit ldh.la.gov.

July 12, 2021:

Big East Daiquiris (restaurant), 619 Bourbon St., 1 p.m. (routine)
Violations
Critical items:
Insect/rodent control.

Non-critical items:
Plumbing/grease trap, floors.

Pat O’brien’s (kitchen), 624 Bourbon St., 11:20 a.m. (routine)
Violations
Non-critical items:
Food storage: 6 inches off floor, dry, covered – corrected on site
Clean equipment/single service storage – corrected on site
Personal care items – corrected on site
Hand wash supplies: clean, accessible, corrected on site
Openings
Floors

Saints and Sinners (restaurant), 627 Bourbon St., 12 p.m. (routine)
Violations
Non-critical items:
Non-food contact surfaces
Hand wash supplies: clean, accessible – corrected on site
Floors

Big Easy Daiquiri and Fry Bar ,216 Bourbon St., 3:20 p.m. (follow-up)
Violations
None listed.

Big Easy Seafood Market Restaurant, 424-26 Bourbon St., 3:50 p.m. (follow-up)
Violations
Critical items:
Toxic labeling – corrected on site 

Non-critical items:
Floors

Royal House, 441 Royal St. , 4:25 p.m. (complaint)
Violations
None listed.

Pierre Maspero, 440 Chartres St., 2:30 p.m. (routine)
Violations
Critical Items:
Food: cold holding – corrected on site 

Non-critical items:
Label: pack at retail, bulk foods, containers – corrected on site
Non-food contact surfaces clean
Clean equipment/single service storage – corrected on site
Personal care items – corrected on site
Hand wash supplies: clean, accessible – corrected on site
Floors
Walls and ceilings

Remoulade Inc. (restaurant), 309 Bourbon St., 10:20 a.m. (routine)
Violations
Non-critical items:
Non-food contact surfaces clean
Floors
Walls and ceilings

Filming scheduled for Exchange Place, between Conti and Bienville streets July 24

(Art by Eric T. Styles)
Filming is scheduled Saturday at Exchange Place in the French Quarter and parking restrictions will be in effect.

The filming is scheduled to occur at Exchange Place, between Conti and Bienville streets, from approximately 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., according to Lisa Latter, a film location manager.

Parking restrictions will be in place along the downtown side of the 600 block of Bienville Street from 12:59 a.m. to 3 p.m. No parking signs will be posted along the block. All residents and business owners will have access to their properties, according to Latter.

New Orleans Police officers will be conducting intermittent traffic control at the intersection of Conti and Royal streets from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., while avoiding rush hours. Traffic will be held for a few minutes when filming occurs and will resume when the filming ends, according to Latter.

Anyone with questions or comments is asked to contact Lisa Latter at 504-235-2554 or email at lisalocations@me.com.

Palace Cafe on Canal Street holding job fair July 22

(Photo: ironypoisoning | CC)
Palace Cafe will be holding a job fair Thursday for applicants interested in applying to the company.

The fair will occur between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the restaurant located 605 Canal St. in the French Quarter.

Staff is seeking qualified applicants for front-of-house and back-of-house positions at various restaurants in the company.

Benefits include health and dental coverage, paid time off, retirement savings with employer contributions, discounted parking and dining and referral bonuses.

The restaurant is offering free self-parking parking, with validation, at the Wyndham Hotel located at 124 Royal Street.

The Palace Cafe is a part of Dickie Brennan and Co., which also includes Tableau, Bourbon House and Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse, among others.

Fuck Bruce Springsteen

Let me take you back to when I was driving cab at night on the Jersey Shore back in 2008. I’d go in from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., six days a week. My evenings started in a tiny cab stand/dispatch office right off of Main Street in a town notorious for rowdy summertime drinking, and popular with tourists from Northern New Jersey and New York area.

I even had the asshole dudes from the MTV show “Jersey Shore” in my cab one summer night. It was during the first season and I never heard of them or the show. The guy with the spikey hair jumped into the front seat and barked to me “Jever hear of the show Jersey Shore? We’re on it!” I responded “Never heard of it, the fare is still $17.” If I had only known, I would’ve driven all of us head on into a New Jersey Transit commuter train. I could have been the one to have ended that show in the first season if I had any idea of what the future would be. It’s like having been Hitler’s baby sitter and looking back on how you could’ve saved humanity needless suffering if you had only drowned the little shit in the bath tub.

All artwork by Eric T. Styles

I digress. I would sit in the small office waiting for my cab to show up from the day driver ending his shift. We had this one dispatcher, I’ll call him Ron. The time would drag on for what seemed like hours as I sat there and listened to this man. Chronic bullshitter. Nonstop. Only he believed his own bullshit stories. Pathological liar and a pretty crummy human being.

Racist too. Not like today’s “racism” you know, milk is racist, time is racist, math is racist, crosswalks are racist, etc. I’m talking actual, hateful ignorant racist. Always used the “N-word” whenever Black people weren’t around. Constant use of the word, belittling and demeaning comments about Blacks and Mexicans. A true racist.

In 2008, I was mildly following the primaries for presidential nominations. I never would vote for either a Republican or Democrat, which are the same things in my view. I won’t partake in your farce of the two-party system. I follow politics the same way some guys follow sports. During elections I like to say, “When watching a knife fight, I’ll cheer for the knives.” Politics are a dirty business of manipulation and spin.

Barrack Obama was just starting to come out of virtually nowhere and was the center of attention for being the first establishment black candidate that might have enough support to win the nomination. The press was fawning over him and it would only get more and more cringe. I even kind of liked the guy and hoped he would get the nomination just to flip out assholes like Ron.

Ron: “Can you believe the Democrats are actually thinking of nominating an (N-word) with an Arab name? 9-11 was only seven years ago and they want to elect a fucking towel head to President.” (His words, not mine)

Night after night he would go off on Obama. Watermelon and fried chicken in the White House jokes, Black House jokes, spinner wheel rims on the POTUS limo jokes. I couldn’t wait for my Mercury to pull up so I could get out of his fucking Klan meeting. We drivers kept our mouths shut. He would’ve given anyone who contradicted him the crappiest car in the fleet just for chastising him. You can’t fix other people’s stupid.

I came in after my one day a week off and walked past Ron’s pick up truck in the parking lot. Yes, a raised Chevy 4-wheel-drive pickup truck. Talk about stereotypes, we had them in Jersey too. I noticed on his back bumper an “OBAMA BIDEN 08” bumper sticker. I laughed my ass off. Someone had trolled him good by slapping that on his pride and joy. He will flip the fuck out when he finally sees it on his truck I thought.

I could hear his bellowing blow hard voice 20 feet from the door of the office. He had a “dry drunk” personality. Sober for a decade or more but still that loud, obnoxious opinionated drunk character. “Christ, he’s talking politics again.” As I stepped into the office while he was spouting off.

“FUCK John McCain! That mother fucker will just get us in more damn wars like Bush did. He’ll ban abortion, you know it. No, I listened to Obama’s speech and that man is a fucking genius. Best thing for America right now. Fuck Republicans.”

I stepped back out and checked to make sure that I had the right building, went back in. Yep, it was dysfunction junction all right. I sat down to start my paper work and to try and understand the slip in the space time continuum that I was experiencing.

Only 48 hours earlier he was using terms like “tap-dancing monkey” now he is campaigning for Obama. What the actual fuck was my mantra as I jumped into my rig and headed to the 7-Eleven on Ocean Avenue for my first 20-ounce coffee of the night. I got back in my cab and turned-on the radio for news from an New York City AM radio station.

“On Sunday New Jersey’s favorite son Bruce Springsteen announced his endorsement for Presidential hopeful Barrack Obama.” The dark roast coffee ejaculated from my nose onto the steering wheel mid sip.

THAT’S WHY!

Reason number one why I hate Springsteen: So many fucking people in New Jersey think the sun rises out of Springsteen’s ass crack every morning. They all claim to have met him. Guys from the ages of 40 to 90 claimed to have gone to school with him, or lived next door to him.

He was from our area, Belmar, New Jersey. The music store where he bought his iconic guitar was in the center of our town. Shit, I even lived in an apartment on Eleventh Avenue and E Street. I used to pick up or drop off at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park every weekend. I got really sick of even hearing his name and listening to bullshitters like Ron talk about how Bruce was their best buddy.

That was why Ron had flipped a full 180 degrees on Obama. His hero, his man love, his idol Springsteen had endorsed him. A few nights later during a rant, I guess he caught my smirking to his praising of Obama. “Yea I know I was talking shit about Obama in the beginning, but I’ll vote for a (N word) before I vote for McCain.” Now that would be a hell of a campaign bumper sticker I thought to myself.

This also why I hate pop culture getting involved with politics and I think it’s much more prevalent in 2021 with social media. Mindless sheep who put no thought into issues, consequences or policies just regurgitate whatever their pop icons push. The same talking points and narratives, just like their favorite Hollywood actors or pop singers.

If you control the news and entertainment media, you can control the nation. Why I bring this up, today on my day off I had a long on-going debate on Twitter with a YouTuber film critic over Springsteen and his pompous air of “working class hero.” Man of the people in a multi-million dollar mansion, his daughter competing in the equestrian competition in the Tokyo Olympics. No White privilege to see here.

Rumor has it Bruce worked at a gas station in Freehold one summer when he was a teen. That’s the extent of his blue collar experience. His father was a union bus driver in Monmouth County, and supported and financed his musical career at an early age. I actually ended up driving that same bus route in the 1990s, by the way.

Another reason to despise him: Bruce will sing about mills closing down, bad economies, oil refineries not hiring veterans, etc. Yet he fully endorsed Joe Biden for president even after Biden made it clear he would not allow new oil pipe lines and help to expedite the end of the oil industry in America.

Bruce will sing songs about pointless wars and disenfranchised vets. Yet he endorsed Obama twice even though Obama had more wars than George W. Bush and killed more Muslims than George did. Twenty years later, we’re still there and Biden extends it even more after Donald Trump tried to bring it to a close.

Who the fuck are you trying to fool, Bruce? You are an establishment elitist. There is fucking nothing “Rock and Roll” or “Working class hero” about you. You are an arrogant corporate shill. Bourgeoisie hypocrite.

(BTW, you should have called a cab to pick you up, it would have saved you the D.U.I. charge.)

If you’re listening to a rock star in order to get your information on who to vote for, you’re a bigger moron than they are.
Alice Cooper