It’s New Orleans: Out to Lunch

Hosted ByPeter Ricchiuti

OUT TO LUNCH finds economist and Tulane finance professor Peter Ricchiuti conducting business New Orleans style: over lunch at Commander's Palace restaurant. In his 9th year in the host seat, Ricchiuti's learned but uniquely NOLA informal perspective has established Out to Lunch as the voice of Crescent City business. You can also hear the show on WWNO 89.9FM.

Cajun Dogs Go Bowling – Out to Lunch – It’s New Orleans

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.

Johnny Blancher

Constantine Georges

Johnny Blancher from Rockn’n’Bowl and Constantine Georges from Dat Dog shed some light on their logic over lunch with Peter Ricchiuti.

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.

Constantine Georges, Johnny Blancher, Peter Ricchiuti

Photos at Commander’s Palace by Alison Moon.