Chelsea Brasted is a New Orleans-born journalist and a West Banker by choice. She most recently served as The Times-Picayune's city columnist. You can follow Chelsea's work on Twitter and Facebook, and you can contact her through her website, ChelseaBrasted.com.
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A push to figure things out is exactly what’s keeping many of New Orleans’ other vendors, who rely on the city’s busy festival and second-line seasons, to stay afloat so far. Many have taken to pop-ups, partnerships with virtual events and other odd jobs to keep as much income flowing as possible.
That the restaurant industry will be changed forever seems obvious. But the unspoken question looms large: Is the pandemic actually capable of changing the restaurant industry for the better?
Opening a restaurant is already hard. Opening a restaurant during a pandemic? Well, that might be almost impossible. But these New Orleans chefs have done it.
It’s a weird collection of thoughts, notes, photos, correspondence and signage, but these are the things that may, one day, help piece together the real, lived experience of the coronavirus in New Orleans and throughout the world.
Sometimes there are nights when she, like all of us, just lies awake and finds that doing nothing is a task unto itself. The New Orleans artist, who’s most at home behind a turntable and in front of a dancing crowd, has learned new ways to get new editions of her weekly WWOZ show on the air.
When it’s time to get the message out, Mayor LaToya Cantrell has enlisted the help of multiple local social media influencers to help spread the word — one that’s come in handy during the COVID-19 epidemic.
Sundays in New Orleans is for second line culture — by definition that means getting together. But in the times of the COVID-19 pandemic, the streets are now silent.
Just days ago, social lockdowns prompted by the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic came crashing down on south Louisiana’s festival season, affecting hundreds of local musicians.
Just weeks ago, we were dancing in the streets and celebrating the beauty of life even as something sinister was snaking its way into our lives, and into our lungs.