About The Quarter Rat

The Quarter Rat is an online news website dedicated to covering the most interesting neighborhood in the most interesting city: The French Quarter of New Orleans, also known as the Vieux Carré.

The Quarter Rat covers the French Quarter at large, but with a focus on its hospitality industry and the Vieux Carré Commission (VCC).

The VCC is the body tasked to maintain the historic look of the French Quarter. Homeowners in the Vieux Carré must follow the commission’s rules that regulate the exterior of their homes.

And surrounding them is a robust hospitality industry–including owners and managers–that keep the economy going.

There was a publication with a similar name, the Quarter Rat, that existed some years ago but it folded in 2013. Here’s at least one website that claims to provide an alleged backstory (the person mentioned in that post isn’t affiliated with this publication).

This is a rapidly changing website. The Quarter Rat welcomes any and all questions, comments, compliments, insults, and/or general feedback. Send your correspondence by filling out the contact form below. For news tips and ideas, calendar events, or advertising, please email the publisher at dave at