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German-style beer hall was once a New Orleans hotspot | Entertainment/Life
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German-style beer hall was once a New Orleans hotspot | Entertainment/Life

Last week’s column about the old Academy of Music on St. Charles Street, which burned and was replaced around the turn of the century by the Rathskeller restaurant, brought up questions for some readers.Specifically, it brought up one question, asked by multiple people. That question, presented in various forms, boils down to: “The Rat-WHAT?!” It’s a fair question, and the answer touches on the city’s German influences, Prohibition and early jazz. It includes a cameo by a young Louis Armstrong. But before we get there, we’ll have to go back to the turn of the 20th century and the surge in popularity of rathskellers in America.The back storyRathskeller is a ...