Johnny White's Sports Bar: The Tiny Joint that Never Closed—Until It Did

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Johnny White's Sports Bar was a French Quarter institution. Often called "the locals' living room," Johnny White's was the only twenty-four-hour bar on Bourbon Street and attracted a colorful cast of regulars, local characters and tourists looking for a good time. Memorable French Quarter personalities like Ruthie the Duck Girl and Perri the Hobo frequented the bar in their rounds. During Hurricane Katrina, the bar remained a refuge to those who'd stayed in the city, despite authorities ordering the bar to close at gunpoint. When the bar's lease was finally up in 2012, patrons mourned its loss with a full jazz funeral procession. Marita Woywod Crandle offers an insider's look at the gritty, unique and often hilarious world of this beloved and much-missed French Quarter icon.
ISBN: 9781467140904
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Louisiana
Series: American Palate
Images: 62
Pages: 144
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Marita is married to Steven Crandle of New Orleans, and together they run the Boutique du Vampyre and their vampire speakeasy, Potions. Marita worked as a bartender and manager at Johnny White’s Sports Bar for more than a decade. The author of New Orleans Vampires: History and Legend, Marita is currently working on a historical fiction novel about the New Orleans vampire legend of Carter Brothers. Marita and her husband currently live both in the French Quarter and in Lake Front with their three rescued German Shepherds—Turbo Dog, Vilma and Atlas—and their rescued cockatiel, Voodoo.
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