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The SE Louisiana Nonbelievers Group (NOSHA) Message Board › Criteria for having NOSHA events outside New Orleans...

Criteria for having NOSHA events outside New Orleans...

Charlotte
Klasson
Group Organizer
New Orleans, LA
We appreciate the suggestion for having our monthly dinners in Metairie (or the West Bank or other areas of the city). In fact, this is perfect timing to bring it up as we start the new year.

Several years ago when we were first starting these events, we did alternate our locations and picked various places outside of Orleans Parish with some success, (including Metairie).

There are several factors we've realized must be addressed in order to put a new location into play and we welcome your submissions. These are the few main issues we face and need investigation on your part:

 

* How busy is a restaurant at 6pm?

If it's an extremely popular place and customers must wait a long time for a table at the dinner hour, then it will not be possible for us. Especially if we need a table for 12 or 15 (which we don't always know for sure until later). At that time of day, we would be waiting for hours with a larger group, so this is the deal breaker in most cases.

 

* Pulling tables together?

If a restaurant is not ever swamped at 6pm, do they allow you to pull more than two tables together? Some places do not like to do this (or their table layout prevents it) and that means they can't accommodate our usual size as easily. Of course, we've had tables broken up in the past, but it does put a damper on things if people are pushed to the "next table" away from the main group.

 

* Location is everything!

Ultimately, we know that New Orleans locations bring in many people from outlying areas, as our steady success has proven, but we are always willing to try a new place. It makes sense, because we know there are NOSHA members and friends who live in that direction who would enjoy the change.


If you find a place that fits this criteria, then by all means send it in and we'll see about adding it to the list. If possible, ask the manager if they can accommodate 10-20 people without much trouble. Some places are fine with it if given some notice on the day of the event. How they answer will let you know if you think it's a good possibility.

Thanks!
Charlotte

 
Laura
user 9708525
Slidell, LA
Post #: 8
Parking should also be a factor--it was one of the nice things about meeting at NO Hamburger and Seafood Co Uptown. It's easy to find and has its own parking lot. I love Mimi's on the Marigny, but it's hard to find if you're not familiar with the area and parking is tough. On the other hand, they have that great upstairs you can basically take over if you get there early enough.
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