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.
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If you had to name the biggest fried chicken business in Louisiana, you probably wouldn’t have to think about it too long. You might take a bit longer to name the next biggest. And even then you might not come up with Krispy Krunchy.
Krispy Krunchy has over 1,800 reatail locations in 36 states. It’s everywhere from the Virgin Islands to the Wichita Zoo. And it keeps getting bigger.
Krispy Krunchy’s executive Vice President Dan Shapiro is Peter's guest on this edition of Out to Lunch.
What’s fried chicken without a beer? Peter's other guest on today’s show is Michael Naquin, founder of 40 Arpent Brewing Company.
40 Arpent has been making craft beer since 2011. It got its start in St Bernard, and among its other unique New Orleans attributes, the brewery opens its doors to homebrewers.
Both Krispy Krunchy Foods and 40 Arpent Brewing have unique business models and great stories.