Zee Zee Gardens, the longtime neighborhood bar at the Perkins Road Overpass, is undergoing extensive renovations and may get a new name.
Christopher Sitton, a project manager with Arkel Constructors, said work should be complete by the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade weekend, which is March 12. “More than likely, the bar will change names,” Sitton said.
According to a building permit issued by the city-parish, the 1,430-square-foot building is slated to get about $300,000 in renovations. The work will involve putting in a full-service kitchen, making improvements to the building façade, building a ramp and steps to the bar and landscaping. “It will be a total renovation, but we’re keeping the historical values in tact,” Sitton said. That allows for the use of state and federal historic building tax credits to help cover some of the renovation costs, he said.
Zee Zee served food in the 1990s, but the kitchen had been closed for several years. The bar closed at the end of November, according to the Zee Zee Gardens’ Facebook page.