Be Here Now: Frank Jaklitsch @ Cafe NOLA, 7/22/10

Tireless singer, songwriter and all-around generous guy Frank Jaklitsch has been raising funds to help hurricane-devastated New Orleans since Katrina first rolled across the Crescent City. So it actually seems quite natural for a guy who is best known for singing Irish songs to be entertaining at the grand opening of a new New Orleans-style restaurant right here in Nippertown.

Cafe NOLA in Schenectady has been serving food for a couple of weeks now, but the restaurant will celebrate its official grand opening on Thursday, and Jaklitsch will be entertaining from 4-6pm while folks are digging into their crawfish etouffee, alligator po’ boy and red beans ‘n’ rice.

“We have eaten there twice,” Jaklitsch says, “and I find the food very good. Chef Kevin seems to be a very nice guy. It’s a small family-run business.

“To quote the Jimmy Buffett song, ‘I will be working for gumbo,’ ” Jaklitsch says with a chuckle.” I sure hope he makes it…a little bit of Nawlins heaven locally.”

Cafe NOLA and Chef Kevin

Cafe NOLA and Chef Kevin

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