Tuesday Nov 29, 2022

Upperline owners put restaurant property up for sale – New Orleans CityBusiness



The property that housed Upperline, a popular restaurant in Uptown New Orleans for nearly 40 years, is up for sale.

Corporate Realty Inc. listed the 4,293-square-foot property at 1413 Upperline and 4836 Pitt streets at $1.725 million. The price is for the real estate property only; the business is not for sale.

Upperline Restaurant originally opened in 1983 by JoAnn Clevenger with her son, Jason Clevenger, as its first chef. It was a fixture in the New Orleans culinary landscape, offering innovative dishes like fried green tomatoes with shrimp rémoulade. The restaurant is one block off St. Charles Avenue along the thriving Prytania corridor, and it anchors a two-block dining destination that includes local ice cream shop Creole Creamery, La Crepe Nanou, Costera and St. James Cheese, among others.

Upperline closed in March 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic forced shutdowns, and it never reopened except to host several private events. Its owners said last year they would not reopen.

“For over three decades, Upperline was one of the best, and most iconic, restaurants in New Orleans,” said Michael J. Siegel, SIOR, president of Corporate Realty and one of the two agents representing the sale of the property, along with Scott Graf, CCIM. “Led by the legendary JoAnn Clevenger, Upperline combined an unmatched combination of exceptional food, a warm atmosphere, and a great location. While we are not offering the food, Corporate Realty is pleased to offer this one-of-a-kind building and location to the market.”

The property currently has a liquor license and is zoned HU-MU neighborhood mixed-use. It is also outfitted with fixtures, furniture, and kitchen and office equipment. There are three dining rooms. The ground floor features a small bar area, the kitchen, restrooms and storage. The second floor has a large office, prep kitchen, wine storage room and another room.

“I was always a big fan of the restaurant and have great respect for JoAnn and what she has accomplished,” said Graf. “It is bittersweet, to be honest. I am sad to see it go, but excited to see what happens next in this winning location.”

The property has been a restaurant under different owners for almost nine decades, but it began as a single-family home at 4836 Pitt St. in the 1890s. In 1936, Salvaggio’s Restaurant opened in this location. It was also home to Martin’s and Kershenstine’s Barbecue before Clevenger came across the building.

Source: https://neworleanscitybusiness.com/blog/2022/05/27/upperline-owners-put-restaurant-property-up-for-sale/

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