French Quarter On Thursday Night
Hey guys, it’s been pretty busy the past few days, but I want to bring this important issue to your attention. People, the French Quarter on Thursday night was dead. My husband, his business associate, my daughter, and myself went down to the French Quarter. Yes that’s right, I took my 3-year old daughter with us to go eat since I had no babysitter for the evening, so her and Baby Elmo partied like no others down on Bourbon Street. Anyway, while we were down there, we of course walked around with some drinks in hand and checked out the local shops. It’s very sad since many were closed.
Even my personal favorite, The Panda Bear, where I always purchased my leather goods, handcuffs, lubes, latex body paint, and vaginal jewelry, is closed too. We did go into a tourist shop across from The Gumbo Shop on South Peters that had some incredible deals like N.O. polo shirts for only $9.99 and t-shirts for $3.99, so we replaced some of our weekend t-shirts that got wiped out by Katrina. We even picked up beautiful Mardi Gras feathered masks for only $3.00 and pot holders for $2.50. You could tell that things have been slow around there, especially when we went to dinner.
We stopped in at Ralph & Kacoos since my daughter loves their hushpuppies and I knew she’d eat the fried shrimp and french fries. Of course in a scary sense, we were immediately seated in the Mardi Gras room, and there was hardly anyone in the place. You could tell once again that they were hurting. We started with the boiled crawfish as an appetizer and then did the shrimp platter for dinner. The food was simply incredible and the crawfish was perfectly seasoned. It was a really great seafood feast, and yet there was hardly anyone in the place. I’m telling you all this since I’m more concerned than ever about our New Orleans businesses down there making it throughout the summer.
Katrina hit these places hard, and without all the relief workers down here, you can see that the belts are tightening on these businesses and they are struggling to survive. Please take time out to support these locals and even take the family down to the French Quarter and buy local. The scary part is if you don’t, then who will? The tourist industry down here is still dead and summer was hard on these places already, but now it’ll be devestating. Instead of staying in Metairie, Kenner, or the Northshore, please make an effort to support these guys and enjoy the things that we almost lost. We don’t want to look like every other city, and without the French Quarter and live music, we would. Please try to go down there over the next few weekends.