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​​Henry Batiste has been in the restaurant business for years, opening his first eatery in New Orleans in 1985. For the past decade he's been a liquor rep for Beverage Distributors in Denver, where he gained a knowledge of great beer and spirits. Henry, recently got the itch to jump back into restaurant ownership. After months of scouting for a good location, the perfect spot became available at the corner of York Street and Bruce Randolph Avenue, just a few blocks from his Clayton Street home in the historic Cole neighborhood.  Batiste's new bar, NOLA Voodoo Tavern and Perks, opened in late January with a full bar that includes Abita beers straight from Louisiana; both on tap and in bottles. Henry also has a full menu of made from scratch Louisiana favorites that includes gumbo, etouffee, Po Boys and much more. Recipes for his amazing menu came straight from Batiste's mom, Vivian — who he affectionately calls Vivian Batiste, LLC, because cooking was her business.

This unique bar and cafe already has a lived-in feel, with exposed brick walls, high windows and a long bar emblazoned with a fleur-de-lis motif.  Hand finished by Batiste himself, the bar top includes special perks like phone charging stations, wall plugs and even purse hooks for the ladies. "It's a lagniappe," he says, referring to the Louisiana concept of a little something extra thrown in at no charge for the customer.