OUT TO LUNCH finds economist and Tulane finance professor Peter Ricchiuti conducting business New Orleans style: over lunch at Commander's Palace restaurant. Each week Peter invites guests from the New Orleans business renaissance to join him. The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and Inc magazine have all named New Orleans the best city in the USA to be an entrepreneur. Out to Lunch is the cafeteria of the new New Orleans entrepreneurial movement. You can also hear the show on WWNO 89.9FM.
Photo by Rick Lineberger
Just 135 miles apart, a 2 hour sprint on the interstate or a scenic ramble on the 90, New Orleans and Lafayette are two of America’s most culturally interesting cities.
Economically, though, they’re different. New Orleans is booming and growing while Lafayette is facing headwinds from a depressed oil economy and the continuing after-effects of floods that are combining to limit opportunity.
Given this situation, it would seem to be an unlikely time to expand a New Orleans business into Lafayette. But that’s what two prominent local companies are doing.
The iconic Rock’n’Bowl and the gourmet hot dog sensation Dat Dog are both opening locations in Lafayette.
Lafayette is no stranger to parties but with these two businesses at either end of Jefferson, both with music venues, look for the New Orleans imports to be a big part of the revival of downtown.