Finally some good news: these service industry success stories prove resilience of New Orleans economy and culture.
In a time when the service industry & tourism is fighting for its life, two New Orleans mainstays and major international brands are doubling down and investing in New Orleans.
Available only at festivals since Katrina, Vaucresson Sausage is coming home! Now in its third generation, Vaucresson’s is finally renovating their 7th Ward building. The $2million investment includes a café, deli / sausage factory and two affordable apartments.
Aaron Burgau of Patois Restaurant and Central City Barbeque has teamed up with Neil McClure (McClure’s Barbeque) and purchased Charlie’s Steakhouse on Dryades. Even in these trying times, the value of New Orleans institutions like Charlies is recognized, and these successful restauranteurs are thrilled to be making this investment.
Caesar’s announced last week that they are rebranding Harrah’s Casino, including opening a new hotel and investing over $300 million in the site. Coupled with the ongoing construction of the Four Seasons Hotel and condos, there is over $850 million being investing in our tourism industry at the foot of Canal Street. Kudos to locals Alon & Emily Shaya who have been hired to open a restaurant there.
While we have a long way to go and many on our community are suffering, especially service industry workers, these local and international brands are investing in New Orleans for the long term.