January 26, 2015 2:44 PM
BATON ROUGE - The owner of a popular downtown restaurant has died.
Christina Bannister died Monday. She had an aneurysm a few weeks ago and had been on a ventilator for two weeks until family members made a decision to remove it Sunday.
Bannister owned Christina's at the... more »
January 15, 2015 8:06 PM
NEW KENSINGTON, PENNSYLVANIA- A man who had just robbed a bank made his getaway on foot and then stopped at a diner two-blocks away for chicken and biscuits in western Pennsylvania.
It was his undoing. Shane Lindsey was identified by witnesses who told police they saw him run in... more »
January 6, 2015 4:36 PM
BATON ROUGE - With the landscape of downtown Baton Rouge changing with more living space, restaurants and bars, downtown developers plan to address parking concerns before it becomes a major problem.
Construction on the first tower of the IBM building is set to open in May with the residential... more »
December 15, 2014 9:49 PM
MAUREPAS - There's an $11 million plan to purchase flood-prone properties in Livingston Parish and either tear them down, or raise them above flood levels.
In the next year and a half, the parish plans to tackle about 90 low-lying properties. Most of them will be elevated to comply... more »
September 8, 2014 2:39 AM
ATLANTA, GA - A spokesman says S. Truett Cathy, who started a postwar diner in Atlanta that grew into the Chick-fil-A restaurant chain, has died. He was 93. Chick-fil-A spokesman Mark Baldwin tells The Associated Press Cathy died early Monday at home surrounded by family members. For decades, Cathy's fast... more »
July 18, 2014 10:48 PM
BATON ROUGE- Firefighters spent Friday night battling a fire at a strip mall.
The fire appears to have started near the Arzi's Greek and Lebanese store in the Kenilworth Shopping Center shortly after 10 p.m.
Fire investigators said the fire was caused by a fan motor located in... more »
July 8, 2014 2:43 PM
BATON ROUGE - A line cook at Gino's Restaurant claims he found "GOD" spelled out in his sliced eggplant.
Jermarcus Brady said he was slicing eggplant, preparing for Monday's dinner rush, when he claimed he noticed the strange markings in the eggplant.
"When I first saw it I... more »
May 29, 2014 3:07 AM
NEW ORLEANS - Five years ago, John Besh opened the American Sector inside the National WWII Museum but officials say the museum is looking for a change. The John Besh Restaurant Group's management agreement with the museum expires July 31 for both the American Sector, known for its playful updates... more »
April 19, 2014 10:51 AM
BATON ROUGE - Arson is believed to be the cause of an overnight fire at a Baton Rouge restaurant.
Fire officials say it happened at a wings restaurant on the 4600 block of Plank Road at around 12:30 a-m.
Officials say an outside wall caught fire and the... more »
April 17, 2014 6:52 AM
MONTEREY PARK, CA - Authorities now say 15 people are hurt after two firetrucks collided in a Los Angeles suburb, sending one careening across a sidewalk and into a restaurant. At least five of those injured are firefighters. A spokesman for Garfield Medical Center in Monterey Park says six victims... more »
April 3, 2014 10:57 PM
LAFAYETTE- A mystery man is running around south Louisiana, signing away hundreds of dollars in tips; 200 to 300 percent over the typical gratitude on a meal.
"I was very excited," said server Brittney Lemoine about finding a $150 tip on a $50 bill. "It was a pretty slow... more »
April 2, 2014 10:32 PM
BATON ROUGE- People lined up overnight Wednesday, hoping to be one of the first 100 in line at a new Chick-Fil-A location.
The location on Airline Highway opens Thursday. The first 100 get free chicken for a year.
Campers have come as far away as California, Florida, Illinois,... more »
February 18, 2014 9:08 PM
BATON ROUGE - A well known Mexican restaurant near LSU closed its doors on Sunday.
A statement on Serranos's website says the restaurant decided to end its run after 15 years of business.
In its place will be Barcadia Bar and Grill.
Barcadia already has one location... more »
February 5, 2014 7:38 AM
BATON ROUGE - Our February Chef of the Month is Nando Cuellar from Ninfa's Mexican Restaurant in Baton Rouge.
2une In on Wednesday, February 12th for more from Nando and Ninfa's. more »
January 22, 2014 2:44 PM
BATON ROUGE- Detectives with the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office are searching for a man wanted for breaking into the KFC restaurant on Bluebonnet.
Detectives say on January 10 just before 2 a.m., the man threw a large brick through the front glass door, walked in, and tried to... more »
January 10, 2014 10:25 PM
BATON ROUGE- Friday, the curtain was unveiled on a refreshed pizza restaurant that got the attention of reality TV producers.
"Restaurant Impossible" spent the last two days at Mama Della's NYC Pizzeria on Jefferson Highway. The restaurant was losing as much as $18,000 until it was closed Thursday as... more »
December 23, 2013 11:38 AM
GONZALES - Eight people have been arrested in Gonzales after a shooting at La Mexicana Restaurant.
The incident took place Saturday night around 11:30 p.m.
Police officers were flagged down by employees and found three people with gunshot wounds outside the restaurant.
Five people were detained immediately... more »
August 12, 2013 3:23 PM
SAVANNAH, Ga. - A federal judge in Georgia has thrown out race discrimination claims by a former Savannah restaurant manager whose lawsuit against Paula Deen ended up causing the celebrity cook to lose a big slice of her culinary empire.
Lisa Jackson sued Deen and her brother, Bubba Hiers,... more »
July 23, 2013 11:39 AM
CHALMETTE - A 57-year-old New Orleans man has been arrested for allegedly stealing 300 gallons of used cooking oil from a Chalmette restaurant. St. Bernard Parish deputies say he then fled, driving wildly past vehicles down La. Highway 46 on Saturday before he was stopped. The Times-Picayune reports Frank Nelson... more »
July 10, 2013 4:38 PM
BATON ROUGE - Our etiquette expert Marthanne Calvi talks about how to behave in restaurants today on News 2 at 4. She covered what to do and what not to do, and how you should handle it when your children get out of hand.
If you have etiquette questions... more »
June 28, 2013 1:55 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Brennan's, a French Quarter dining landmark, has unexpectedly closed and its future is uncertain - the latest development in a longtime family feud. Owen "Pip" Brennan, a son of the founder and until recently a manager of the restaurant, is involved in complex state and federal legal... more »
June 4, 2013 8:47 AM
BELLE CHASSE- A 38-year-old Terrytown woman has been booked with felony theft for allegedly stealing over $103,000 from the Belle Chasse restaurant she managed. The Times-Picayune reports Plaquemines Parish sheriff's deputies arrested Kristen Carroll on Friday. Sheriff Lonnie Greco said Carroll was employed there from July 2011 until June 2012.... more »
May 17, 2013 2:30 PM
NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge's ruling hasn't resolved a family's power struggle for control of Brennan's, one of New Orleans' best-known restaurants. U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan ruled Friday that Owen "Pip" Brennan, a son of the restaurant's late founder, is a shareholder in Brennan's Inc. and retains his... more »
May 16, 2013 7:03 PM
BATON ROUGE - The McDonald's fast food franchise celebrated a milestone in Baton Rouge.
The burger franchise brought its golden arches to the city 50 years ago today.
Doc Valluzzo opened the first of many McDonald's restaurants on Plank Road in 1963.
Since then the family franchise... more »
May 2, 2013 10:59 AM
BATON ROUGE - Restaurant owners are watching a bill which is intended to allow people with concealed carry permits to bring their weapons into bars.
The House already approved HB 48 by Rep. Henry Burns (R-Haughton), and it is currently scheduled for a Senate Judiciary committee hearing.
The... more »
March 11, 2013 11:57 PM
BATON ROUGE- Deputies investigated an attempted armed robbery Monday evening.
A spokesperson said a woman told people inside the Cold Stone Creamery at Towne Center she was armed.
Investigators said the woman had her face covered and was caught behind the store.
The crime is still under... more »
February 21, 2013 7:08 AM
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - It was a beloved fixture on Kansas City's culinary scene for more than 27 years. A legendary wine list, well-reviewed food, hospitable staff and intimate setting made JJ's a smart choice for everything from popping a cork on a rare varietal to popping the question. But... more »
February 20, 2013 7:19 AM
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Kansas City officials say one of two people who were missing after an explosion destroyed a restaurant has been found but the search continues for a woman who worked there. Kansas City Fire Chief Paul Berardi said early Wednesday that a man who was reported missing... more »
February 13, 2013 7:04 AM
LAS VEGAS - The unofficial spokesman for the Heart Attack Grill in Las Vegas has died of a heart attack. The Las Vegas Sun reports that 52-year-old John Alleman suffered a heart attack last week while waiting at a bus stop in front of the diner. He was taken off... more »
January 22, 2013 3:05 PM
BATON ROUGE - Authorities filed charges today against the man who ran into an East Baton Rouge restaurant and broke a gas line this week.
State Police said Anthony Guidry, 25, of Port Allen was cited for reckless operation, having no insurance, and driving a vehicle while his license... more »
January 21, 2013 4:09 PM
BATON ROUGE - A vehicle ran into a restaurant in the Gardere area this afternoon, breaking a gas line inside according to authorities.
It happened in the 9400 block of Burbank Drive around 3:45 p.m. Authorities closed the eastbound lanes of Burbank as a result, and told drivers to... more »
January 15, 2013 10:24 PM
BATON ROUGE- New Orleans' culinary flare returned to the Capital City Tuesday.
Galatoire's reopened after closing nearly two years ago.
The restaurant is in a new location: at the corner of Acadian Thruway and Perkins Road.
In March 2011, managers said the restaurant was shutting down temporarily... more »
January 15, 2013 6:04 PM
PRAIRIEVILLE - Businesses are making cuts to their payroll ahead of the implementation of more health care reforms next year from the the Affordable Care Act.
Under the law, businesses with more than 50 full-time employees will be required to offer health insurance or face a penalty of $2,000... more »
January 11, 2013 10:36 PM
LIVINGSTON - Water is threatening the livelihood of residents and business owners in Livingston Parish.
Val's Marina, a well-known restaurant, was flooded out during Hurricane Isaac. After a week of rain, water is inching closer and closer to their doorstep.
WBRZ's Rosa Flores does a walk-through of the... more »
December 31, 2012 8:23 AM
NEW ORLEANS - A state appeals court has upheld a man's convictions for his role in a burglary that led to the beating death of the owner of popular New Orleans restaurant.
Thursday's ruling by a panel from the 5th Circuit Court of Appeal affirms Bryant Boudoin's convictions on... more »
November 26, 2012 2:32 PM
BATON ROUGE - A new audit says Louisiana's Office of Public Health has fallen short in its inspections of restaurants and other retail establishments that serve food, failing to ensure the meals are safe. The audit says the state issued permits to restaurants that didn't correct past violations, rarely assessed... more »
October 10, 2012 5:41 PM
BATON ROUGE - A new ordinance introduced at Metro Council could allow bars and restaurants with a Class A License to stay open until 4 am on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
The ordinance would allow eligible establishments to apply for permits to stay open an extra two hours. Though,... more »
October 2, 2012 3:36 PM
WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. - Health inspectors forced a Chinese restaurant in Kentucky to close after the staff brought roadkill into their kitchen, according to reports.
According to TV station WATE, the Whitley County Health Department closed the Red Flower Chinese restaurant in Williamsburg after the owner admitted his staff brought... more »
September 12, 2012 11:01 AM
BATON ROUGE - The Baton Rouge-based restaurant chain Piccadilly's filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection this week.
According to The Advocate, Piccadilly Restaurants LLC said the filing was to head off "an aggressive legal maneuver" by its lender, Atalaya Capital Management.
Piccadilly filed for protection in U. S.... more »
September 10, 2012 5:33 PM
AKERS - Middendorf's is ready to fry their famous thin catfish fillets again after Hurricane Isaac flooded the restaurant, some areas as deep as six feet.
It's not the famous restaurant's first run-in with flood water, one reason owner Horst Pfeifer built the kitchen up high and added a... more »
August 6, 2012 3:54 PM
BATON ROUGE- Police said three fast food workers were kidnapped by two armed suspects during a robbery near Sherwood Forest and Coursey Boulevard overnight.
An employee at the store said two men walked in with their faces covered and demnaded cash. The workers at the store complied, and were... more »
July 13, 2012 2:45 PM
COCODRIE, La. (AP) - A popular restaurant sustained severe damage in a fire early Friday. The fire at Harbor Light, at the southern end of Louisiana Highway 56, was reported shortly before 1:30 a.m. Little Caillou Fire Chief Marty Thibodeaux said damage was extensive. One person sleeping in a rental... more »
July 6, 2012 4:33 PM
AKRON, Ohio - An Ohio restaurant owner who hosted President Barack Obama for breakfast became ill and died hours later. The Summit County medical examiner's office in Akron says 70-year-old Josephine "Ann" Harris of Copley Township died Friday of natural causes. No autopsy was planned. Forensic investigator Jason Grom says... more »
May 30, 2012 7:53 PM
A Taco Bell customer, angry that he didn't get what he ordered, drove his pickup into the restaurant's glass entrance. Police in Huber Heights, Ohio say Michael Smith ordered at the drive-up window and later realized he was missing a taco. They say Smith returned to the restaurant, had angry... more »
March 26, 2012 11:17 AM
BATON ROUGE - Police arrested an employee of a fast food restaurant that was robbed Friday afternoon.
Police say Shakeria Clay, 19, left the door of Raising Cane's at Government Street open so two men could rob it.
The two men, one armed with a handgun, entered the... more »
March 23, 2012 11:43 AM
BATON ROUGE- Police are investigating an armed robbery at a fast food restaurant in Baton Rouge Friday morning.
Authorities say two men armed with a gun robbed Raising Cane's on the corner of Government Street and Foster.
No one was hurt during the robbery.
Police say the... more »
March 3, 2012 3:32 PM
NEW ORLEANS - At the famed Dooky Chase Restaurant in New Orleans, where civil rights movement veterans still recall making plans to change the world over bowls of gumbo, black and white foodies now line up for Leah Chase's Creole cooking. Before the Civil Rights Act of 1964, some customers... more »
January 19, 2012 3:47 PM
BATON ROUGE - The Queen of Pop, Lady Gaga, visited the Capital City Wednesday night and enjoyed fine dining at a famous downtown Italian restaurant.
Gaga and a group of friends enjoyed a meal at Little Village in a very casual setting.
Waitress Bonnie McCullough took a picture... more »
January 4, 2012 10:10 PM
BATON ROUGE- The owners of Mike Anderson's Seafood restaurant in Baton Rouge say they feel vindicated now that investigators have named a suspect connected to an arson at the business.
The building on Lee Drive went up in flames last month. At the time, owners Mike Anderson and Mike... more »
December 13, 2011 3:54 AM
BATON ROUGE - Investigators are trying to determine what caused a fire Tuesday at a popular restaurant in Baton Rouge.
Firefighters responded to a blaze at Mike Anderson's Seafood on West Lee Drive around 1:30 this morning.
According to the Baton Rouge Fire Department, the fire started in... more »
November 28, 2011 6:25 PM
ASCENSION PARISH- A 20-year-old man from Beaumont, Texas drowned in a neighborhood pond over the Thanksgiving holiday.
The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office says Joshua Fusilier fell out of a canoe, without a life jacket, and couldn't swim. It took friends five minutes to find him on the bottom of... more »
November 23, 2011 10:29 PM
BATON ROUGE- A restaurant chain in Baton Rouge is vowing to do the right thing tonight after a man discovered boxes of employee and customer data left out in the open for the taking.
The man discovered the paperwork at least two months ago, which includes ten years worth... more »
November 23, 2011 2:48 PM
A massive fire has destroyed a popular restaurant in West Feliciana Parish.
The Elm Park Restaurant in St. Francisville, which was known for southern and cajun style food, burned to the ground overnight Wednesday.
Firefighters worked for two hours to put out the fire.
The restaurant, which... more »
September 6, 2011 2:19 PM
CARSON CITY, Nev. - Authorities say the man who opened fire at an IHOP restaurant in Nevada's capital city has died of self-inflicted gunshot wounds.
Carson City Sheriff Kenny Furlong says the man opened fire at the restaurant at 9 a.m. Tuesday, wounding six people and himself and killing... more »
August 8, 2011 6:01 PM
BATON ROUGE - Today, Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Secretary Bruce D. Greenstein demonstrated the Department's new food safety website, which features the sanitary inspection reports of the nearly 34,000 Louisiana retail food establishments DHH permits and inspects.
You can find the website by going to EatSafe.LA.gov ,... more »
July 14, 2011 3:51 PM
NEW ORLEANS - John Mosca, whose two-room roadhouse near New Orleans serves only big platters of food and has fans as far as Paris and Italy, is dead at age 86.
His daughter, Lisa Mosca, says her father died Wednesday night at his home in Harahan. She says he... more »
June 14, 2011 5:04 PM
MORGAN CITY - Less than a month ago, News 2 visited a flooded seafood restaurant in Morgan City that had between four and five feet of water from the Atchafalaya River.
Since then flood waters have subsided, but owner Robert Conner is dealing with a much bigger problem. In... more »
April 1, 2011 3:15 PM
BATON ROUGE - The owner of several Baton Rouge-area restaurants has pleaded guilty to cooking his books and keeping hundreds of thousands of dollars in sales taxes, according to the U. S. Attorney's Office.
Jamal Roman entered a guilty plea in district court today to all charges against him... more »
February 7, 2011 11:46 AM
BATON ROUGE - The head of a Baton Rouge restaurant group says he supports a proposal before the Metro Council to abolish the Alcoholic Beverage Control board. Andy Blouin, president of the Baton Rouge chapter of the Louisiana Restaurant Association, tells The Advocate that eliminating the board would save money... more »
January 25, 2011 1:02 PM
TUCSON, Ariz. - An Arizona restaurant has decided to scrap plans to offer African lion meat in its tacos.
Bryan Mazon, the owner of Boca Tacos and Tequila, said Monday that his Tucson eatery has received "many threats" against the restaurant, family members, customers and vendors since he announced... more »
December 11, 2010 7:06 PM
BATON ROUGE- Two people are recovering from gunshot wounds after gunfire broke out at a local Cajun restaurant in Baton Rouge.
It happened in the parking lot of Brunet's Cajun restaurant on South Flannery near Florida Boulevard.
Police say Harvey E. Williams, Jr., 63, of Baton Rouge, shot... more »
December 11, 2010 10:44 AM
BATON ROUGE, La.- Baton Rouge Police say two people were shot at a Cajun restaurant in Baton Rouge overnight. It happened in the 100 block of South Flannery Road.
Police arrested 63-year-old Harvey E. Williams Jr., of Baton Rouge, for the shooting. According to police, Williams was intoxicated when... more »
November 28, 2010 11:33 AM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Drew Nieporent, the New York City restaurant mogul whose Myriad Restaurant Group owns eight world-renowned dining spots, recently spent a few days enjoying a Louisiana fishing trip followed by seafood at some of New Orleans' top restaurants. The trip certainly gave Nieporent a great time. Tourism... more »
October 30, 2010 1:17 PM
The owner of a Virginia restaurant had to close down when something unusual clogged an exhaust vent over his kitchen stove: A former employee.
Harold Owens, owner of Harold's Restaurant in Virginia Beach, says the man used to work for him. He came in to open the restaurant Saturday... more »
October 8, 2010 8:08 AM
Former New Orleans Saints quarterback Archie Manning will open a restaurant in association with the Harrah's Hotel and Casino complex in downtown New Orleans. The Times-Picayune reports the restaurant, called Manning's, will have a bar and courtyard. It is scheduled to open in fall 2011. Manning, a Mississippi native, starred... more »
September 28, 2010 6:48 PM
People who filed claims with BP and were denied may be paid after all.
That’s because of a new, more lenient review process.
As News 2’s Michael Shingleton found out, some restaurant owners didn’t know about the change. more »
September 25, 2010 9:44 AM
Friday lunches can get a bit rowdy at Galatoire's, the stately French Quarter restaurant that has been serving up French Creole cuisine for more than 100 years. A New Orleans tradition for the city's blue bloods, politicians and powerbrokers, this Friday's lunch dished up a new thrill - a gunshot... more »
September 24, 2010 4:19 PM
A 44-year-old New Orleans man, who was decked out in a dress and wig when he robbed two fast-food restaurants, has been sentenced to 247 years in prison. State District Judge Julian Parker on Thursday sentenced Darryl Robinson under the state's habitual offender statute. He received 49 years on an... more »
September 23, 2010 6:42 PM
People on Grand Isle worry money flowing in fast now will soon dry up.
Money has been rolling into Grand Isle all summer and continues to do so as "tourist season" winds down, despite the island's close proximity to the oil leak in the Gulf.
Clifford Santiny's business... more »
September 16, 2010 1:16 PM
Musician Kid Rock testified that he exchanged some tough words with a customer at an Atlanta-area Waffle House but didn't start fighting until provoked.
Robert James Ritchie, better known as Kid Rock, and five members of his entourage are being sued over the 2007 fight. Kid Rock took the... more »
September 10, 2010 6:15 AM
A judge has set a March 21 trial date for the alleged triggerman in the September 2006 slaying of an Olive Garden employee outside the Baton Rouge restaurant. Tracy Young is accused of killing Arron Arnold and wounding fellow worker Dionne Grayson while Arnold helped Grayson put gasoline in her... more »
August 27, 2010 4:40 AM
A New Orleans man who robbed a hamburger restaurant and tried knock over another while wearing a dress and wig, is headed to jail. Darryl Robinson was found guilty of one count of armed robbery and one count of attempted armed robbery. In May 2008, a security camera taped Robinson... more »
July 13, 2010 7:35 PM
Selling too much booze means one restaurant ran afoul of the law in downtown Baton Rouge.
Now, ‘Lucy’s Retired Surfer Bar and Restaurant’ must close on Sundays. News 2’s Rachel Frost explains why customers may have to reach deeper into their pockets. more »
June 7, 2010 7:48 AM
Miami-area police say a gunman shot and killed four people at a restaurant and wounded three others before killing himself. Hialeah police say the Sunday night shooting began in a parking lot outside the restaurant, where the man was seen arguing with a woman. The man shot the woman then... more »
May 3, 2010 5:30 AM
Baton Rouge police are investigating a murder at a restaurant on South Sherwood Forest. Police say someone walked into the business armed with a gun, tried to rob the place, and then shot a man. Officers found the victim dead inside the business. If you have any information about this... more »
April 26, 2010 8:44 AM
An irresponsible smoker caused a popular pancake restaurant in Baton Rouge to go up in flames. Fire ripped through the IHOP on Siegen Lane yesterday afternoon forcing dozens of employees and customers to run for their lives. Investigators tell News 2 a smoker threw a cigarette into a pile of... more »
March 23, 2010 5:32 AM
It will be harder for people to ignore the calorie counts at a restaurant because of a provision tucked into the health care overhaul. The new law will require more than 200,000 chain restaurants to put calorie counts on menus, menu boards and drive-thru's. It will apply to any restaurant... more »
March 5, 2010 5:59 PM
Tomato prices are soaring because growers lost 70 percent of their crop during a recent cold snap.
The average wholesale price is double what it was at this time last year.
Sandwich shop owner Inga Kim isn't sacrificing tomatoes to save money. She's paying nearly $40 for a... more »