Palace Cafe on Canal Street holding job fair July 22

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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.

Restrictions lifted, back to abnormal

Starting this Memorial Day weekend, the restrictions on hours and occupancy have been lifted for bars, restaurants and live music venues in New Orleans. The past few weekends have been busy and we will probably see a great weekend. The weather is excellent and only about a 43% chance of showers on Saturday evening. With the shutdown becoming a thing of the past for now, those who were suffering from cabin fever will be coming out this weekend to see their shadows for the holiday.

Graph from NOLA READY

The state dropped the 1 AM closing rules along with the number of occupants. Posted on line are bunch of graphs and statistics that if any you claimed that you understood them, I would call you a liar. Whatever, can we just go back to earning a living now?

I spoke to the owner of Molly’s on Toulouse, they will be returning back to their original hours prior to the pandemic: 2 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. until 7 a.m. on the weekends. The outside tables that were added for cafe seating during the initial limited Phase 3 guidelines will probably be kept.

Molly’s on Tourlouse, open Mon-Thu 2 PM-6 AM, Fri-Sat 11 AM-7 AM and Sun 11 AM-6 AM.

There was even speculation for 24 hour operatios on the weekends if business and manpower allowed. Finding workers is a concern for many French Quarter businesses. Trying to entice workers to come back to work at the beginning of the slow season is the challenge. Fat and convenient unemployment benefits is causing a foot drag with the returning workforce.
(Shaddup, you know it’s true.)

Even our supply guy told me that they are busy as hell, and short handed. Nationally there are still many supply line interruptions and suppliers are short stocked as well. Add to this rising fuel costs that will contribute to higher costs for all involved.

Everyone is hoping for the best but don’t really expect it to be exactly like it was before the shutdown. Business owners are holding their breaths waiting for all of the cards to be dealt before they plan how to play them. Customers want to come back to make up for a lost year. Customers are also concerned about the economy and pending inflation as well.

This is the new normal, or new abnormal by a French Quarter metric.

Graph by Quarter Rat

Let’s ruin Mother’s Day

Those of us who work in the service industries are use to working holidays. It’s expected of us and we do not (or should not) whine about it. It’s no different than those who work in emergency services, health care or workers in countless other industries. We work so others can enjoy a special day. Perhaps Mr. NOLA History Guy is fortunate enough to be able to decide what days he will and will not work. More power to him and good for him. I imagine being a historian has pretty flexible schedules, if any.

Mother’s Day is one of the busiest days of the year for every restaurant in America. Any mother who works in the service industries is very accustomed to working today. Businesses can not spare any staff. All hands on deck. There will be a day off soon that she can spend with her family. She has that job to support her family and parents make sacrifices for their children. Not everybody goes to work with a sense of entitlement. We work all holidays and yes, EVEN Mardi Gras. We do it out of obligation to our employers and customers so those who don’t have to work can celebrate. What have you sacrificed for others to have fun?

“Serve you for tipped minimum wage” Sounds like something a typical virtue signaling leftist would say. A Bernie Sanders type of tweet, “How can I take today’s topic and twist it to make political sausage out of it?” “How can I demonize the BILLIONAIRES?” (Admit it, you read that in Bernie’s voice.)

You can bet damn well that any mother serving tables, working in a kitchen or slinging drinks today worked her ass off and made some good cash. She has probably worked every Mother’s Day for decades without complaining about it. She doesn’t need some self-righteous Twitter activist to stand up for her. Maybe you were lucky as a kid and your mom could take the day off from dancing.

My mother died just about 10 years ago. For the first 86 years of her life she was very active and tough as nails. She raised three sons, practically on her own. She did yard work well into her 70s that most historians wouldn’t be able to keep up with. My mother spent the last six years of her life in a nursing home looking forward to the next visit from her sons four times a week. She would have been happy to work into her 90s if she still could have.

I would give my right arm to have my mother alive and working hard in a restaurant today. Waiting on those people who are fortunate enough to have this day off. To have just one more Mother’s Day with her, even if it was at the end of her 12-hour shift when she was dog tired.

So please, spare us your virtuous finger-wagging to gratify one’s self. Those who are mothers or are children who would prefer to be with our mothers today but HAVE TO WORK don’t need to be exploited for your attempt at getting likes from other pompous socialists. Who generally don’t like working any job on any day.

If you got to spend time with your mother today, or tomorrow because she’s working, be fucking grateful.

Contact Eric T. Styles at styles@thequarterrat.com.

A Rat and a Cage

A number of years ago I was working nights as a dishwasher at Little Vic’s on Toulouse. I can’t remember exactly when it was, it might have been around Mardi Gras because we were slammed. Every seat full inside and out, the counter had a line going out the door. Customers wall to wall, a long line for the restroom, drunks pissing in the courtyard next to others who were dining. A situation both profitable and volatile.

The head cook was pissy and slamming shit around, the wait staff frantic with the demands placed on them. I was elbow deep in suds for hours as well as bussing the tables and trying to police the bathrooms. It was a single use bathroom and groups would go in, one would use the toilet while others would piss in the sink and in the drain on the floor.

By ten o’clock we were all ready to choke one another. I had turned a deaf ear to the complaints of the raging cooks. Suddenly I heard a commotion in the front of the house. Was there a fight? Did someone pass out? Did someone puke on the bar? I went out front to see what chore awaited me. Almost the entire restaurant was standing by the front door gawking. “What da fuck now?” i asked myself. As I pushed through the crowd I spotted a black car on the sidewalk. The two left wheels inches from both of our stoops. Great, an auto accident I thought. I pushed closer.

There it was, a stretch limo parked on the sidewalk blocking our doors. I see some idiot standing up through the sunroof waving to the gathering crowd like he was the fucking Pope or something. “What da fuck?” I blurted out. A random guy grabbed my arm and exclaimed like a screeching teen age girl “IT’S NICOLAS CAGE! IT’S NICOLAS CAGE!”

I was about ten feet away from the limo when he turned our way with that goofy fucking face of his shaking as many clambering hands as he could. “I don’t give a shit who it is, get the fuck off of my sidewalk!” I screamed and returned to the kitchen. The raging chef asked me what was going on in the front. I told him that evidently Nic Cage thinks we have a fucking drive thru window or some shit.

He screamed “NIC CAGE?” and dropped everything and bolted to the front of the house to see for himself. I just started throwing pans into the sink mumbling about how much I hated every soul in the Quarter right now.

“Celebrities” there’s not a goddamned one I would shake hands with.

French Quarter bars and restaurants open on Christmas – continually updated

Many local French Quarter bars and restaurants have remained open during Christmas in the past and, in fact, some consider it obligatory because of tradition. Reveillon, for instance, is a New Orleans French-Creole tradition that’s celebrated with luxurious holiday dinners during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

And some places choose to stay open because tourists. It’s the French Quarter. Many, but not all, hospitality industry workers here prefer to work, whether they feel compelled to do it or just love what they do, and some may even be expected to work on Christmas.

The COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent restrictions/shutdowns have severely impacted the operations of many businesses in the French Quarter and we’re left wondering what’s open or closed. Here’s an incomplete, but continually updated, list of bars and restaurants that are open on Christmas Eve and Day.

By the order of Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, all on-premise alcohol consumption at bars and restaurants must stop at 11 p.m., although bars must still close at 11 p.m. Open hours may vary.

This is an ongoing list and will be updated throughout the day/night. If you’re open, please contact Dave Minsky at dave@thequarterrat.com or Eric T. Styles at styles@thequarterrat.com.

UPDATED: Dec. 24, 2020, 5:21 p.m. CST

The Upper Quarter, 1000 Bienville St.
Will be open starting at 2 p.m. on Christmas Day for the Saints game.

The Alibi, 811 Iberville St.
This dive bar located on Iberville Street will be open until about 11 p.m. on Christmas Eve. It’ll reopen at 3 p.m. on Christmas Day in time for the Saints game and close at about 11 p.m.

Palm and Pine, 308 N. Rampart St.
This restaurant will be open for Christmas, with their last seating at 9:45 p.m.; closed for Christmas Day.

The Abbey Bar, 1123 Decatur St.
The bar will have poboys and fixings available. Bartenders Erica, followed by Erica, will be on hand pouring cocktails until 11 p.m.

Fahy’s Irish Pub, 540 Burgundy St.
Fahy’s will be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Mr. B’s Bistro, 201 Royal St.
Open Christmas Eve from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The Jimani Lounge and Restaurant, 141 Chartes St.
The Jimani will be open on Christmas Day from 5 p.m. until about 11 p.m.

Molly’s on Toulouse, 732 Toulouse St.
Molly’s will be open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Toulouse Dive Bar, 738 Toulouse St.
The Dive Bar on Toulouse Street, located next to Molly’s, will be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Jessica will have homemade Christmas cookies and hot spiced apple cider for the Dive Bar Christmas day.

Copper Monkey Grill, 725 Conti St.
The Copper Monkey Grill (and bar) will be open on Christmas Eve from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Christmas Day from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.

MRB, 515 St. Philp St.
MRB’s will be open on Christmas Eve from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. and on Christmas Day from noon to 11 p.m. with the Saints game ready to roll.

Turtle Bay, 1119 Decatur St.
Will be open from 11 a.m to 11 p.m. on Christmas Eve and Day.

Local 718, 718 Bourbon St.
Local 718, which replaced Johnny White’s on the corner of Bourbon Street and Orleans Avenue, will be giving out meals free of charge to locals and service industry workers from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The Market Cafe, 1000 Decatur St.
Open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day from 8 a.m. to at least 4 or 5 p.m. (all times subject to change).

The Dungeon, 738 Toulouse St.
Will be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Cosimo’s, 1201 Burgundy St.
Cosimo’s bar, located on the corner of Burgundy and Governor Nicholls Street, will be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Cafe Lafitte in Exile, 901 Bourbon St.
Open on Christmas Eve from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. for a Christmas party.

ACME Oyster House, 724 Iberville St.
Open on Christmas Eve, but closes at 4 p.m.

Olde Nola Cookery, 205 Bourbon St.
Open Christmas Day from 11 a.m. until 2 a.m.

Arnaud’s and the French 75 Bar, 813 Beinville St.
Open for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and dinner from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve and open Christmas Day for dinner from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Bourbon House, 144 Bourbon St.
Not open Christmas Day or Christmas Eve, Open Christmas Eve until 9 p.m.

Mambo’s, 411 Bourbon St.
Open Christmas Day from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Good Friends Bar and Queens Head Pub, 740 Dauphine St.
This bar will be open normal business hours on Christmas Eve, from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m., and on Christmas Day from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Betty’s Bar and Bistro, 700 Burgundy St.
Will be open Christmas Eve, Christmas Day from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

The Corner Pocket, 940 St. Louis St.
Corner Pocket will be open on Christmas Eve from noon to 11 p.m and on Christmas Day from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Three Legged Dog, 400 Burgundy St.
Open Christmas Eve and Day from noon to 11 p.m.

American Sports Saloon, 1200 Decatur St.
American Sports Saloon, also know as the “ASS” bar, will be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Spirits on Bourbon, 615 Bourbon St.
Will be open 11 a.m to 11 p.m. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Checkpoint Charlie’s, 501 Esplanade Ave.
Simply known as “Checkpoints,” this bar will be open both days, Christmas Eve and Day, from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.

GrandPre’s, 834 N. Rampart St.
Open Christmas Even and Day from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Longway Tavern, 719 Toulouse St.
Will be open on Christmas Eve from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., but closed Christmas Day.

The Golden Lantern, 1239 Royal St.
Open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.

The Original Pierre Maspero’s, 440 Chartres St.
Open regular hours from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on both days. You can make a reservation here.

Killer Poboys, 219 Dauphine St.
Open until 3 p.m. on Christmas Eve and closed for Christmas Day.

Crossing Bar, 439 Dauphine St.
Open both days from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Buffa’s Bar and Restaurant, 1001 Esplanade Ave.
Buffa’s is still holding its annual Christmas Eve film festival, which runs from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Cafe Maspero, 601 Decatur St.
Open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Christmas Eve and 9 a.m to 8 p.m. on Christmas Day.

Curio Bistro, 301 Royal St.
Curio will be open Christmas Eve from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Christmas Day from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Royal House, 441 Royal St.
Open regular hours on Christmas Even from 11 a.m to 10 p.m. and Christmas Day from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

The Court of Two Sisters, 613 Royal St.
Will be open regular business hours from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Christmas Even and Day.