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French Quarter grocery Matassa’s closing after almost 100 years
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Matassa‘s Market has sold everyday staples for generations. In more recent years, the family-run French Quarter grocery has also served as a reminder of the past.

Now the market is closing its doors to face an uncertain future. Matassa’s will shut down after the close of business on Thursday , according to co-owners Louis Matassa and Vincent Catalanotto Jr. Business has been too slow to stay open.

Louis Matassa and his brother, John Matassa, have long run the grocery, which wends across a number of connected buildings filled with narrow aisles and a small deli known for its plate lunches, breakfast biscuits and po-boys. Matassa's sturdy delivery bicycles have been a common sight bouncing along French Quarter streets, taking sacks of grocery and cases of beer to customers’ doors.

But Catalanotto said the downturn in business during the pandemic has been “the last straw” for a grocery that struggled over the years as the French Quarter’s residential population declined and fulltime homes were converted to condominiums and short-term rentals.

“People say this is a great time for the grocery business and that’s true, but not in the French Quarter,” he said. “It’s a different market here.”

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“People say this is a great time for the grocery business and that’s true, but not in the French Quarter,” he said. “It’s a different market here.”


There is no bullying though.


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Destroya is undefeated


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Martini
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That’s a shame. I’ve been in there a few times but not in quite awhile. And they are right-people not living in the Quarter. I have friends that live on Royal and have most of my life but they are the only ones left on their block. Most of the other buildings are owned by out of towners.

I inherited a Caddy like that from a dead relative and drove it for years. It was a barge.


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Most of the other buildings are owned by out of towners.
Do the out of towners live in them or are they vacation homes?


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Do the out of towners live in them or are they vacation homes?


If they lived in them, they wouldn’t be out of towners.


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Mostly vacation or rentals or just absent landlords.
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Do the out of towners live in them or are they vacation homes?


If they lived in them, they wouldn’t be out of towners.
Not so. Lots of wealthy people buy second homes that they live in for maybe a month or two a year. Half the people in our subdivision do that. Many of their houses sit vacant for much of the year.


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Mostly vacation or rentals or just absent landlords.
That's too bad.


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tlsu15
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Not so. Lots of wealthy people buy second homes that they live in for maybe a month or two a year. Half the people in our subdivision do that. Many of their houses sit vacant for much of the year.



Maybe we have different definitions of vacation homes, but that sounds like vacation homes to me.


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Lots of restaurant employees lived in the quarter

There are tons of places that owners neglect

Now, since restaurants are closed, there are plenty of vacancies
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pmacneworleans
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I lived about 6 blocks away from Matassa's for several years. Long beofre grocery deliveries became the noem again, they had bicycle delivery. Could call in for a case of beer, 5th of booze, bottle of wine, ice, whatever they had in stock. Great place and some fantastic FQ characters used to hang out there. Will be greatly missed, but the FQ ain't what it used to be, and the pandemic just exposed that for all to see.


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Bump. It’s reopening.
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It’s reopening.


Good to hear.

I went in there on Wednesday and the shelves were bare, but why bother to re-stock.

The prices were high but you’re paying for convenience.


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Friend,

Matassa’s has a striking resemblance to one of the city’s first laundry cleaner, M & J Wee Wash It, which also was on Dauphine, but a bit downriver on the corner of Franklin Ave.



You may remember the building from the letter TulaneLSU’s Top 10 dry cleaners signs. I suspect the same architect and builder designed and constructed both buildings.

Yours,
TulaneLSU
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baldona
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Lots of wealthy people buy second homes that they live in for maybe a month or two a year. Half the people in our subdivision do that. Many of their houses sit vacant for much of the year.


This, if the FQ and NOLA wasn't shut down more people would live there or at least stay there....



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