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  1. Mike Hoffman (unregistered) on September 3rd, 2004 @ 5:36 pm

    So this is the “new” big rue? I haven’t been by that way in a while – so I’m assuming the old space is closed? Any word on plans for the space?

  2. Parker (unregistered) on September 3rd, 2004 @ 5:44 pm

    The old space was, in almost every way, more wonderful. I hear that their lease was up and tenant-owner relationships were strained at best. The old location is under renovation, and god only knows what will pop up there [is there anything that Magazine doesn’t already have (short of a Thai spa & massage parlor)?]

  3. jeremy (unregistered) on September 3rd, 2004 @ 5:45 pm

    the old (big) Rue space is soon to be a new coffee shop… Puccino’s is coming to that space. You see, the landlord of the old (big) Rue is also proprietor of Puccino’s and saw the former location of the old (big) Rue as an ideal shop for a coffee shop. Visionary or ruthless businessman? You be the judge.

  4. Mike Hoffman (unregistered) on September 3rd, 2004 @ 6:16 pm

    Whoa whoa whoa…Allow me to think out loud.

    The owner of Rue is moving a well-known brand across the street in an arguably less-desirable space, whose core compentency is the independent coffee house atmosphere (The coffee IS good but no necessarily the reason to choose rue over the other stores – do we agree on this one?) to open a corporate franchise to compete across the street… but the store does cater to a different type of customer and from other reviews of the franchise is more focused on food than rue is. Maybe it isn’t the worst business idea afterall – it’ll probobly pick up rue’s overflow during peak times, get the food business, grab the people that care less about rue’s atmosphere…hmmm.

  5. Parker (unregistered) on September 3rd, 2004 @ 6:33 pm

    I think Jeremy means that the owner of the old Rue’s building (the landlord) is opening Puccino’s and thinks it will float despite the Rue’s new location (which he had nothing to do with).

    God I wish there were a PJ’s round these parts…

  6. Ray (unregistered) on September 3rd, 2004 @ 6:49 pm

    I’m glad to see Rue featured here. I get my after-lunch caffeine fix at their CBD store on Carondelet, across from One Shell. (The game there is backgammon, not parcheesi.)

  7. Laura (unregistered) on September 8th, 2004 @ 6:23 pm

    This is what I read (in City Business, I think). Relations were fine between Rue’s owners and the landlord. However, their lease was up and Puccino’s (a Metairie coffee place) was looking to open a new location. Puccino’s offered more money and, as rents are sky rocketing along Magazine (also written about in CityBiz lately), the owners of the space decided to capitalize on that. Rue’s owners didn’t want to move and were under the impression that they would just extend their lease but the landlord had other tings in mind. Sucks, but whatever. I’m down with the wireless business.

  8. lthrbls (unregistered) on September 9th, 2004 @ 9:48 am

    To whom it may concern:

    The always friendly waitstaff at Rue has informed me that the Wi-Fi access is not due for another week.

  9. drew (unregistered) on September 10th, 2004 @ 8:23 pm

    Oh my… this could get interesting. The owner of Puccino’s is an extremely competitive psycho. He often makes commando raids into other coffeehouses in Metry to hand out free drink coupons. And he has a habit of parking his Puccino’s van in front of other coffeehouses as well.

  10. Nathalie (unregistered) on September 11th, 2004 @ 10:31 pm

    I passed that way this afternoon while doing some shopping on magazine. This is so depressing. The one in Metairie is so tacky, with its flourescent lights and bad 50’s music. And somewhere along the line the owners thought that charging $1.50 for every 15 minutes of wireless internet access was a good business plan. (shakes head)

  11. David (unregistered) on September 14th, 2004 @ 2:58 pm

    What happened to the Rue on Decatur?

  12. David (unregistered) on September 14th, 2004 @ 2:59 pm

  13. Doug (unregistered) on September 15th, 2004 @ 8:57 pm

    It’s hard to imagine that some suburban newbie will know how to lure and keep the urban hipsters and coffee shop intellectuals. On the other hand, if Rue keeps all the hipsters and CSIs, that’ll mean just that much more open seating for the law school and med school crowd. You know, speaking broadly, those are probably the ones that have more money to spend.

    But I think Puccino’s owner is a goober if he thinks he’s going to make money off of wireless access. If he charges and Rue doesn’t, the laptop crowd will go where the free service is. You might be able to get people to pay for wireless access in the suburbs but, in the city, where competition among coffee shops is much more intense, I think wireless access is destined to become a free utility for the patrons, like the toaster, the microwave, and the restroom.

    Now, I’ve often wondered whether the Rue’s owner is naturally capable of appreciating this next point: The Uptown area could probably support at least one coffee shop that was openly, really, really gay. Like, cute male baristas in mesh tops would not be going too far.

  14. vioxx recall (unregistered) on August 3rd, 2005 @ 1:16 pm

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