New Orleans park's beignet battle rolls on as lease revoked
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A famed New Orleans beignet and coffee shop will avoid being displaced by a competitor at one of the country's oldest urban parks for now.
News outlets report a judge ruled in Morning Call's favor Wednesday, nullifying Cafe du Monde's lease on City Park's Casino Building. Judge Christopher Bruno ruled that City Park disqualified Morning Call for "arbitrary and capricious" reasons, despite the current tenant turning in the highest bid for a new, 10-year lease.
Morning Call has operated in the 1,300-acre (526-hectare) public park's Casino Building since 2012. With the recent shuttering of its Metairie location, eviction from City Park would have left Morning Call homeless. Co-owner Bob Hennessy says it feels like Morning Call has "won this battle," although the tenancy issue still isn't resolved.
City Park declined to comment.