Iconic New Orleans Restaurant Giving Diners a Lift

Antoine’s Restaurant has been a home for fine dining in New Orleans’ French Quarter since 1840; photo by Wikimedia user Infrogmation.

At Antoine’s in the heart of New Orleans’ famed French Quarter, you can delight your senses with the original Oysters Rockefeller, alligator bisque soup and Chateaubriand. You can enjoy Sunday brunch served against a soundscape of live jazz music or drop in during the week for a unique lunch experience. You can immerse yourself in the elegant surroundings of one of this iconic French-Creole restaurant’s 14 dining rooms. But, what you’ve never been able to do, not in its nearly 180 years of operation, is take an elevator for an upstairs table. That’s about to change, though. Local television station WGNO reports that Antoine’s, the oldest family-owned restaurant in the U.S., will be adding a lift to make it easier for diners of all ages and abilities to take in all it has to offer. Details about the elevator’s design or when it would be installed were not immediately available, but for fans of fine dining, this is indeed an uplifting development.

The Elevator as Farmer’s Market

A neighbor of Jiang Haiyun’s praised her for leaving a bag of peppers in the elevator.

Most people use elevators to go up or down in a building. Some use them to practice a sales pitch. But, for Jiang Haiyun, a doctor in Quzhou, China, her building’s elevator seemed the logical place to share a bounty of fresh chili peppers with her neighbors earlier this month, reports the website Shine.

Jiang Haiyun with a young patient.

Jiang’s parents, who live in the nearby countryside, often bring her seasonal vegetables. It’s been a great year for chili peppers, so during a recent visit they brought her chilis. A lot of chilis — more than she could use. Jiang’s immediate thought was to share them with her neighbors, but didn’t like the idea of knocking on doors. Her solution? Leave a nearly 3.5-lb. bag of peppers in the elevator with a note saying they were free for the taking.

The “taking” didn’t take long. Within 20 minutes, several of her neighbors had snapped up the spicy, pungent delights. They were quick to praise Jiang, with one social media post calling her a “great Chinese neighbor.”

A Swiftly Changing Landscape

A cool infographic by Raconteur accompanies Desjardins’ article posted on VisualCapitalist.com. You can check out a high-resolution version of the visual element through a link in the story.

In a fascinating peek into the not-so-distant future, Jeff Desjardins, writing on the website Visual Capitalist, takes a by-the-numbers look at how technology is fueling a swiftly shifting media landscape. When, and how, we get information has changed dramatically in just a few years, and if trends count for anything, bigger changes are ahead. As Desjardins puts it:

“Over your lifetime, the consumption of media and entertainment has already changed drastically.
“For Boomers and Gen Xers, the shift has been earth-shattering. Both generations will remember a time before mainstream computing when TV was dominated by the Big Three TV networks (NBC, ABC, and CBS), and newspapers and magazines were the main way to stay in touch with what was happening.
“Even millennials have seen fundamental shifts in consumption of media. After all, they experienced the rise of social media, online news, streaming, and digital video firsthand. Many of them will remember their college getting access to Facebook for the first time, the death of Napster, and the funny sounds their 28.8k modem made as it struggled to successfully download a single image file.”

It’s fair to assume that the coming changes will affect virtually everyone who consumes information. Of course, if you’re reading this, you’re already a little ahead of the game, and you probably know you can read ELEVATOR WORLD on your computer, phone or tablet. Where will you be reading it a couple of years from now?