For most restaurants in the New Orleans area, reopening after Isaac was primarily a question of when electricity could be restored, fresh supplies procured and adequate staff lined up. But some restaurants took more of a beating than others, and one significant example is Upperline (1413 Upperline St., 504-891-9822; www.upperline.com), the contemporary Creole bistro operated for 30 years by JoAnn Clevenger.
Part of the restaurant's roof was blown off, causing water damage inside. Chef David Bridges and staff got to work on repairs quickly, however, and Clevenger is optimistic the restaurant can reopen this week. Call Upperline after 1 p.m. for updates and reservations.
Clevenger also reports the art collection on Upperline's walls has been saved. One of her managers noticed the roof damage right away and moved threatened pieces out of harm's way.