NEW ORLEANS (AP) — When the end came for Johnny White’s bar on Bourbon Street, it closed the book on one little piece of local French Quarter life. Soon, the old barroom will reopen with a new name, new operators and a tall order before it – getting locals back to Bourbon Street.

Local restaurant owner Brian Mullin and his partners bought the property at the corner of Bourbon Street and Orleans Avenue. They’re now developing a new a bar and restaurant here called Local 718.

They plan to open by Halloween in restaurant mode, using the full-service, limited-occupancy format that many bars have used to reopen in the pandemic.

When business restrictions loosen, it will be a 24-hour operation, which, like its predecessor, will include two small bars and one eatery.

The name Local 718 (not to be confused with the Ohio-based steelworkers union) riffs on the bar’s street

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