After what seemed like an eternity, the beloved Uptown eatery Camellia Grill has finally reopened! New Orleanians were initially relieved to know that the restaurant suffered only minor damage in Katrina (pictured last), but ended up waiting almost 19 months for a seat at the famous counter while ownership changed hands.

After auctioning off seats in private settings for charity as part of its grand reopening, the restaurant finally opened its doors this weekend to the public, who eagerly began devouring pecan waffles, chili cheese fries, and chocolate cherry frezzes. Thankfully, the only noticeable change to the joint is the upgraded restrooms! What a thrill! Now if we can only find a streetcar to take us there . . . .