White Trash food, canning, pies, beets, turkey, bread pudding, asparagus, potlucks, sweet potatoes, rhubarb, spinach, Easter bunnies, jellybeans, ice cream, apricots, and dog food served as paté
3:58 p.m., Feb. 19
I’d been hoping that things may be starting up again by now…
But Babbo’s Bar and Grille looks as dead as it did last September after a fire and sprinklers ruined the newly moved restaurant.
This place, at 4130 Park Boulevard in Uptown, had previously been most famous as the New Orleans-style eatery Gulf Coast Grill.
Babbo’s had been firmly ensconced a half mile away at 1731 University Avenue as Babbo Grande.
That’s where Carmen, the lifelong carpenter known to his friends and family as “Big Daddy” – “Babbo Grande” - took over from what had been the Deli-France crêperie.
He put art in, doubled the space, graced the restaurant with beautiful wood carving and a tropical back patio, and turned it into a Sicilian-style café that customers could drop in to maybe three times a day. You could always get breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, coffee, whatever. That sort of place.
Then a flood ruined it. But when Gulf Coast grill vacated this 4130 Park Boulevard location, Babbo’s moved in and came alive again. Their customers followed, including a loyal LGBT crowd.
Who wouldn’t? They brought their $5.55 breakfast and lunch deals with them.
But boy, how many hits? Last September, a fire broke out in the kitchen. Ever since, the place has been closed.
When I ask neighbors, they say they think this time it’ll be for keeps. And the front certainly looks untouched and scuzzy.
But January 19th, a message appeared on Facebook: “Dear friends, Thank you for all the love and support during this time. New information coming soon! Xo Lynn.”
And March 21st: “Happy Thursday all! I’ve been waiting for good news to share but we have yet to have a resolution with insurance!!”
Is this any part of the issue?
Whatever, at least there’s movement.
Maybe Babbo’s will be back after all.
Seems a lot of folks are holding their breaths.