New diner with 1950s feel planned for Fat City _lowres

Artist rendering of Fat City Diner

A new diner with a retro feel is planned for the center of Metairie’s Fat City district in what developers say is another step in the revitalization of the district.

Permits have been issued for the as-yet unnamed diner, which is being developed by Geocor Holdings, a partnership between John Georges and Gabriel Corchiani.

When completed in the first quarter of next year, the building will be leased to a “mom and pop” company in the restaurant business that plans to operate the diner for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Georges said. The two companies are now in negotiations over the lease, and Georges declined to name the tenant until the deal is done.

Georges also owns The New Orleans Advocate.

The project will have a 1950s diner atmosphere and will add to the food options that have begun springing up in Fat City, Georges said.

The diner will be at 3320 Edenborn Ave. on the former site of Uncle Larry’s, a bar that closed three years ago as strict new parish regulations went into effect to help transform what had been seen as a seedy entertainment district into a high-end, pedestrian-friendly destination filled with retailers and restaurants.

Georges said his company bought the property about a year ago. “We purchased it with the purpose of being part of the revitalization,” he said.

Parish officials have been touting successes in Fat City over the past year, including Thursday’s announcement that the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office will locate a new station in the district.

The new diner will be among the projects taking advantage of a proposal to paint murals on about a dozen buildings in the area. One of those murals will adorn the northern wall of the diner, Georges said.