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.
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.
Update, received this message via the site: “I am related to Clem. Rita was My Aunt by marriage. My grandparents owned Huerstel..that house you are showing was my Aunts..Huerstel was famous in its time. Women actually couldn’t go into bar area..aunts had to stand in open door for drinks to serve.”