Ain’t Dere No More

Pontchartrain Beach

On this week’s show, we look back on bygone New Orleans businesses that “ain’t dere no more,” but continue to hold a place in the city’s collective heart. We begin with Bryan Batt and Katy Danos, authors of Pontchartrain Beach: A Family Affair. Founded by Bryan’s grandfather Harry Batt in 1928, the amusement park was a summer destination for 55 years.


Then, we learn about Schwegmann Brothers’ Giant Super Market and the grocer who revolutionized the way New Orleanians make groceries. David Cappello discusses his biography of John G. Schwegmann, a complex figure whose influence extended far beyond the checkout aisle.


Finally, we revisit Hubig’s Pies, the beloved New Orleans treat that has been missing from the scene since a tragic fire in 2012. With the news that Hubig’s Pies will be back on store shelves soon, we reached back into our archives to find interviews we did with owner Drew Ramsey both before and after the blaze.


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