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NEW ORLEANS (WGNO)  It took more than nine years, but Friday morning the doors will open on the Baronne Street location of Martin Wine Cellar for the first time since Hurricane Katrina. The old building had to be demolished.  The new one is bigger and allows for more seating.  But Owner Cedric Martin tells WGNO News that the family run business will return with the wine selection and gourmet foods that customers have grown to love since it first opened in 1946.
Martin also tells WGNO News that when his father first opened the store, it was part of a bustling stretch of businesses that included a theater, meat market, shoe store, and bakery.  Martin says one of the other businesses’ owners told his father that the entrance on Martin Wine Cellar was on the wrong side of the building and would probably discourage customers from coming inside to shop. Decades later, the wine and gourmet shop is the only one of the businesses remaining in the area.