Criminal Justice

Booze Board defers action on 'obscene' 7th Ward saloon; slaps fine on bar near Tulane

By Karen Gadbois, The Lens staff writer |

Most of the agenda for today’s lengthy Alcohol Beverage Control Board meeting was postponed or settled beforehand.

But one high profile 7th Ward bar, having reached an agreement with the city before the meeting, stuck around to hear the decision entered into the record.

The Duck Off on A.P. Tureaud Avenue was the scene of a shooting in August, fatal to the mother of six children.

Concerned neighbors bore silent witness as city attorney Dan McNamara read the agreement that the city had reached with the bar owners.

According to their attorney, Eric Wright, the owners will immediately surrender their liquor license, but may reapply for another after they renovate and turn the nightclub into a full-service restaurant.

McNamara suggested the change would result in an establishment neighbors can live with.

Also on the agenda was the New Edition Bar and Lounge on the same block as The Duck Off.

The city’s allegations against The New Edition include “obscene, lewd, sexually indecent, immoral or improper conduct on the licensed premises.”

While there were six officers present to testify, another four did not show up, and both the city and the attorney for the bar owners agreed to wait until they could be heard.

That case has been continued till the October meeting.

The city also entered into an agreement with T.J. Quills, a popular college bar on Maple St.

The bar owner, charged with serving minors, promises to pay a $2,000 fine, better manage noise and litter and hire additional security staff.

Jerry Speir, a member of the Alcohol Beverage Control Board, questioned the size of  the fine, implying that it was too low, given the gravity of the infraction.

Upon questioning by committee member Robert Jenkins, the attorney for T.J. Quills suggested there was only one incident of underage drinking, in which a 16-year-old girl was caught in the establishment. Other board members said documents they received indicated that the underage drinking was not an isolated event.



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About Karen Gadbois

Karen Gadbois co-founded The Lens. She now covers New Orleans government issues and writes about land use. With television reporter Lee Zurik she exposed widespread misuse of city recovery funds and led to guilty pleas in federal court. Her work attracted some of journalism's highest honors, including a Peabody Award, an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award and a gold medal from Investigative Reporters and Editors. She can be reached at (504) 606-6013.

  • Bro Keith “X” Hudson

    First of all, the Duck-Off should’ve been closed a long time ago, but because of it’s political ties to City Hall, it has remained open, and killing continue
    and another thing, when is the LENS going to investigate Atty. Robert Jenkins! This low-down piece
    of manure has been playing “two-hands-in-the-middle” with “alleged” criminals and the NOPD for years and no one is saying anything about his violative/unethical acts. The latest is the representation of the witness in the Telly Hankton case. Or how about the representing The Adolph Grimes
    family & the NOPD at the same time. It’s not about the BOOZE BOARD, it’s about the people who allow this
    board to operate under these suspicious conditions. But, I’ve noticed the LENS don’t investigate politically connected people, who the LENS considers friends!