French Quarter Bars to Close Doors at 3am with “Police State” Cams Everywhere

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A massive expansion of the New Orleans Police Department’s surveillance capabilities, in both the French Quarter and 20 “hot spots” around the city, was unveiled this week. New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu also said bars will be required to close doors and keep patrons inside after 3 a.m. That rule applies city-wide and is designed to keep people from hanging out in the streets after 3 a.m. Because everyone wants to hang out in one bar when they walk down Bourbon Street said no one.

Bourbon Street will also eventually become pedestrian-only which may occur in the next 4-6 months. Which can be the only good thing out of this. The roughly $30 million proposal is part of a security plan drafted after a shooting over Thanksgiving weekend left one dead and nine injured on Bourbon Street. Continue reading “French Quarter Bars to Close Doors at 3am with “Police State” Cams Everywhere”

“The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” Gas Station is open for business as a BBQ

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The gas station used in “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” is open for business. Don’t risk traveling to this old gas station on an empty tank as it will have no gas for sale. The infamous gas station made famous by the 1974 horror classic is now known simply as The Gas Station but only sells film memorabilia and will eventually sell barbecue.

The historic gas station is working on building a smokehouse so barbecue should be ready to serve by the end of the month. The “We Slaughter Barbecue” sign out front is ready to summon customers.

The Gas Station had its grand opening Oct. 8 and will have guest appearances by actors Ed Neal and Caroline Williams around Halloween weekend, along with other festivities. Neal played “the hitchhiker” in the first film, and Williams portrayed “Stretch” in the sequel. Continue reading ““The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” Gas Station is open for business as a BBQ”

Dallas to Austin for 2 on Virgin America RT $145 (BOGO Deal)

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austindragfestivalVirgin America just launched a uy one, get one free (BOGO) sale on flights from Dallas to Austin for the spring.

Two people can fly round trip for just $145, including taxes. This fare is available select Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays May 12 – June 10 and ends at 11:59 p.m. Thursday.

To get the discounted rate you need to purchase two tickets using promo code SADDLEUP. After entering the promo code, the lowest fares will be displayed as $37 one way. Promo code not valid for Sunday travel. Once you get to Austin make sure you have a ride from the airport using a ride share service.

It’s a great time to check out the capital city because beginning May 1 it will host the first of its kind Austin International Drag Festival featuring megawatt gender-bending talent like Jackie Beat, Coco Peru, Kevin Aviance, Sherry Vine, Heklina, Charles Busch, Holly Woodlawn and more. It’s also just a few months away for the Hippie Hollow “Splash” at Lake Travis.

Places to Stay
Hotels are normally overpriced in downtown Austin but you may want to try AirBnb or last minute apps:

Hotel Tonight – Get $25 Off

AirBnB – Travel on Airbnb and get $25 in travel credits.  Earn up to $100 for everyone you invite. – Get $50 Off with $300 Spend