Pedro Antunes and Betrand Washington opened what they call Mid-City's first gay bar on a developing stretch of Tulane Avenue. Tulane Avenue Bar (3813 Tulane Ave., 504-488-1400) opened last month between Carrollton Avenue and South Jefferson Davis Parkway, where the craft cocktail and small plate restaurant Treo opened recently on 3835 Tulane Ave. and Namese, a Vietnamese restaurant, opened at 4077 Tulane Ave.

Antunes met Washington, a New Orleans native, in 2006. The bar owners were living in New York — Antunes owned several business there, and Washington worked in the medical industry. When Antunes visited for Mardi Gras, he "fell in love with it and the architecture and everything," he says.

The bar is open 4 p.m.-midnight Thursday-Sunday. On Saturdays, the bar stays open a little later to accommodate up to eight drag performances, put on by the group The Divas of Engender. Washington says the couple has received a warm reception. "There really is a need for this here," Washington says. — DELLA HASSELLE | MID-CITY MESSENGER