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
If you live on the south shore of New Orleans you tend to think of the north shore as a place across the lake that there’s no compelling reason to visit.
People on the north shore will give you a list of reasons to drive across the causeway. One of the names on that list is Acquistapace’s.
It’s easiest to describe Acquistapace’s as a supermarket, but that doesn’t do it justice. For starters about 40% of it is a wine store. It has a gigantic cheese selection. And much more.
The Acquistapace family is a part of the Schwegman family. Schwegman's went on to dominate the New Orleans grocery market and the Acquistipace's moved North and conquered the north shore. All in all, the Schwegman and Acqitipace family have been selling groceries in New Orleans for 150 years.
Adam Acquitipace is the the current steward of the family business. Adam and his brother have two stores, one in Mandeville and the other in Covington, that specialize in wine and cheese as well as everyday groceries.
Jacob Landry has a newer business. Jacob co-founded Urban South Brewery in 2016. Urban South bottles Jacob’s Cajun background into beers like Charming Wit and Holy Roller. Urban South also has a popular tap room that they describe as "kid friendly." So if you want to grab a craft beer and let your 8 year old drive home, Urban South Brewery might be the spot you’re looking for.