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Friday, April 20, 2007


camellia grill reopens in riverbend.

Camellia Grill is a trademark New Orleans diner. Operated by the same family for over 60 years before Hurricane Katrina, it became part of the heart and soul of Uptown New Orleans. After exchanging ownership, the Camellia Grill re-opened with a private preview day on April 20, 2007. It's just another sign of the slow but steady revitalization of New Orleans.

The Camellia Grill accumulated hundreds of love letters in the form of Post-It notes on its façade in the over 20 months of its closing.

Harry Tervalon, 87, was present to cut the ribbon in the opening ceremony. He was a longtime head waiter at the diner.

New owner Hicham Khodr, Harry Tervalon, and a city councilman prepare to cut the ribbon during opening remarks.

Khodr receives a proclaimation in celebration of the re-opening of the Camellia Grill from city council members after the opening remarks.

Privileged citizens of New Orleans enjoy the first food off of the grill in 20 months.

New Orleans Police Department Captain Warren Riley was present to witness the re-opening of the diner, and to enjoy a meal.

A waiter presents a customer with a straw after the classic chocolate freezes are served.

The traditional linen napkins have reappeared at the Camellia Grill, keeping more than a touch of class.

Much of the wait staff from pre-Katrina Camellia Grill is also back. Everyone was in especially good spirits.

Love notes once again dotted the façade of the diner during the first meal of the day.

The Camellia Grill opens to the public on Saturday, and long, long lines are forecasted.

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i really like the one of the waitstaff and the last one of tuba player. new orleans seems like such a magical place. i wish i could spend more time there.
ditto, alice! how did you get in that place? did you pay one million dollors?
I'm glad the same people are back. If they reopened and the food was shitty I might die a little on the inside.
I love the first one with all of the Post-It notes!I have never been and these make me anxious for the trip to New Orleans this summer.
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