Clem Huerstel’s old bar in the Upper 9th has long since departed, the draft beer taps have been wrenched out and the old cook stove that sat in the back has gone cold.

It is now an art gallery.

9th Ward Daily Photo: Huerstel's

9th Ward Daily Photo: Huerstel’s

Huerstel’s is where Edward “Bud Rip” Ripoll Jr got his start as a barman. The rest is history.

The 9th Ward used to be the place to go in New Orleans to get a roast beef po boy: Huerstel’s, Clarence and Lefty’s, Mandich…the list could go on for a mile but not anymore. All the old legends are shuttered.

  1. bryan huerstel says:

    that is not Huerstel’s. Huerstel’s Restaurant and Bar was adjacent to that building. Huerstel’s is actually a convenience store, again, next door. Wrong picture.

  2. bryan huerstel says:

    that is not Huerstel’s. Huerstel’s Restaurant and Bar was adjacent to that building. Huerstel’s is actually a convenience store, again, next door. Wrong picture.

  3. Bryan,
    My apologies. Are you related to Clem? I got the address off a thread that indicated this is where the old bar was. So, it was inside the current Mike’s? thanks, rl

  4. Bryan,
    My apologies. Are you related to Clem? I got the address off a thread that indicated this is where the old bar was. So, it was inside the current Mike’s? thanks, rl

  5. Edward Huerstel says:

    Not sure if this thread is being followed. Happened upon it. Old Huerstel’s Bar is the now orange with yellow trim building in the middle of the block facing St. Claude. The corner building was a grocery store at one time. The single shotgun house on Independence toward the river next to the pink building was the residence of Clem and Rita.

    • RL Reeves Jr says:

      Thank you. I’ll take another photo for my series. BTW, Joe Frady, owner of Frady’s One Stop and former owner of St Claude Bar-Tango’s spoke very highly of Clem Huerstel in a recent conversation. He loved going to Huerstel’s when he got off work. Also, do you remember Lovoy’s? It was an ice cream shop across the street from Huerstel’s. It is now a tax prep office. RL Reeves Jr

  6. Edward Huerstel says:

    Not sure if this thread is being followed. Happened upon it. Old Huerstel’s Bar is the now orange with yellow trim building in the middle of the block facing St. Claude. The corner building was a grocery store at one time. The single shotgun house on Independence toward the river next to the pink building was the residence of Clem and Rita.

    • RL Reeves Jr says:

      Thank you. I’ll take another photo for my series. BTW, Joe Frady, owner of Frady’s One Stop and former owner of St Claude Bar-Tango’s spoke very highly of Clem Huerstel in a recent conversation. He loved going to Huerstel’s when he got off work. Also, do you remember Lovoy’s? It was an ice cream shop across the street from Huerstel’s. It is now a tax prep office. RL Reeves Jr

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