October 10th, 2012
Parasol’s Bar and Restaurant Seeks to serve 1,000 po-boys to Benefit the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic
Adding their mark on a long time New Orleans legacy, owners John and Thea Hogan are giving back to the community during Parasol’s 60th Anniversary celebration.
Between 11am – 10pm Friday, October 19th through Sunday October 21st, the business has a goal to sell one thousand po-boys with a large portion of the proceeds benefiting the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic & Assistance Foundation (NOMC&AF;).
By giving back to the NOMC&AF;, a 501©3 nonprofit organization dedicated to keeping New Orleans music ALIVE by providing low to no-cost health care and social services to New Orleans musicians, Parasols hopes to raise awareness and funding for the organization at a time when the future of health care is being debated on a national stage. To Parasol’s, they’re simply giving back to the people that have been key in making New Orleans known as an international hub of music and a cool place to live for generations.
The restaurant encourages local businesses to consider ordering out for lunch on Friday, October 19th to support the cause – and placing large orders in advance. “We expect a giant turnout, so we’re limiting our menu options for the weekend and stacking up on our famous roast beef,” says restaurant owner John Hogan. He and his wife Thea, a New Orleans native, purchased the restaurant from the Passauer family in 2010 after being deeply touched by the restaurant’s traditions, which reach back several generations. “We always say that while we get to ‘own’ Parasol’s, [the restaurant] really belongs to New Orleans and the Irish Channel. Our job is to keep it a fun place to eat and drink that welcomes everyone – and we couldn’t be more excited about giving back to the Musicians’ Clinic. We believe deeply in the importance of their innovative mission and know that they need a lot of community support right now given the recent politics around health care in Louisiana. It’s important to us that we get behind our New Orleans musicians beyond just throwing a contribution in the tip jars.” he jokingly adds that, “Hell, we’re even leaving the grilled chicken po-boy on the limited menu to keep things in line with the NOMC&AF;’s ‘Prevent Death by Lifestyle’ Initiative on healthy eating.”
This very special weekend begins at Parasol’s Bar and Restaurant, 2533 Constance Street in the Irish Channel on Friday October 19th at 11am and will include both dine-in and carry out. Because all po-boys are made fresh to order, patrons (especially those with large orders) are encouraged to call ahead at 504-302-1549.
About Parasol’s Bar and RestaurantParasol’s Bar and Restaurant opened in 1952 by the Passauer family and has been a New Orleans tradition from the beginning. John and Thea Hogan purchased the business in September 2010. Famous for slow roasted beef sandwiches, the company also features seafood options and a full service bar.
About the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic and Assistance FoundationThe New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic and Assistance Foundation is a 501©3 organization which provides access to occupational medical services in partnership with a network of community medical providers and volunteers. Dedicated on May 2, 1998, NOMC addresses the social and health care needs of musicians and their families. Not only do they strive to affect an agenda of wellness in our musician patient population, they encourage musicians to become advocates for early detection, prevention, and treatment for others facing the same risks. For more information, please visit www.nomaf.org or www.NewOrleansMusiciansClinic.org.