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
In New Orleans, like many other cities, we have historical landmarks, like Jackson Square. And St. Louis Cathedral. But we also have our own unique historical landmarks. Some of them fall into a special category called, “Ain’t dere no more.” Among those are K&B, McKenzies, and Wagner’s Meat.
Scott Wolfe Sr was the owner of the Wagner’s Meat stores. Scott is currently the owner of Melba’s Old School Poboys on Elysian Fields.
John Preble is the owner of a current landmark across the lake in Abita Springs. The Abita Mystery House was originally known as the You-see-em Museum. It houses an indescribable collection of over 50,000 eccentric items that range from bottle caps, postcards, and license plates to a recreation of a mardi gras parade and a comb collection.
Every once in a while you meet someone who is "real New Orleans." It's hard to put your finger on exactly what that means, but you know it when you hear it. Scott Wolfe Senior and John Preble are two old school New Orleans originals.