At the corner of Toulouse Street and North Claiborne Avenue you can see new murals adorning the overpass and watch bicyclists cruise past on the Lafitte Greenway. Lately, though, something else has been turning heads.

In a parking lot under the elevated interstate, a pop-up called Veggie Nola has been serving fresh salads, tropical juices, coconut nectar huckabucks and more simple, healthy snacks to passersby and motorists who pull in for a look.

The home base for this eye-catching operation is a small shipping container, modified with fold-up doors and surrounded by an apron of turf rugs.

Tyrone “Brotha T” Henry and Simba Marvin run Veggie Nola’s open-air, walk-up counter, pouring their own tropical juice blends from gallon jugs and proffering samples of the salads, finished with a hibiscus and avocado dressing.

Henry grew up coming to events and gatherings "under the bridge," as the stretch is widely known. He's embracing the potential to bring something new here.  

"It's a crossroads, and we have a chance to show people something different," he said. “That’s why we're here.”

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Tyrone "Brotha T" Henry (left) and Simba Marvin man the Veggie Nola stand on N. Claiborne Avenue in Treme. The shipping container kiosk is part of a broader plan to revitalize the Claiborne Avenue corridor here.

The booth is something different for this stretch of North Claiborne Avenue in Treme. It’s tiny and looks delicate, more like something you’d find on a breezy beach than under the elevated interstate.

But Veggie Nola is a sign of things to come. It’s the first in a clutch of food kiosks planned for the adjacent blocks, and part of a larger, more ambitious revamp known as the Claiborne Corridor Cultural Innovation District.

The initiative launched this year with a plan to bring more new entrepreneurs, social services and cultural activity to the corridor running along North Claiborne Avenue. Supported by a federal grant, it’s a street level approach to revitalizing what had been a hub for African American businesses prior to interstate construction.

From the Veggie Nola booth, a second modified shipping container is visible a block away, ready to deploy as an eatery. This kiosk and three more now in the works are set to open for the corridor’s next special event, said district administrator Valenetta Rainey. That event will be a Juneteenth celebration scheduled for this weekend, June 16 and 17, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Meanwhile, Henry and Marvin run the Nola Veggie booth daily here, adjacent to the Lafitte Greenway’s crossing at Claiborne Avenue and within view of the new playgrounds along its path.

They serve Bissap Breeze, Henry’s own brand of hibiscus tea, and juices like a blend of lulo fruit and turmeric, which tastes like mango with a subtle spicy kick. From a freezer they pull chocolate huckabucks made with coconut nectar instead of sugar, and at the counter they dish out salads of strawberry and cucumber, walnuts and sunflower seeds.

“There’s just not a lot of healthy food around here, so we’re bringing something different,” said Marvin.

Veggie Nola

599 N. Claiborne Ave. (at Toulouse Street)

Daily from 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Juneteenth: Kings Corridor Week 

with the Claiborne Corridor Cultural Innovation District 

Sat. and Sun. (June 16, 17), 11 a.m.-7 p.m. 

North Claiborne Avenue at Orleans Avenue

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