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.

Rampart Street – Out to Lunch – It’s New Orleans

Even in New Orleans it’s hard to imagine what Professor Longhair, oysters, streetcars, and hardware might have in common.

The answer is, Rampart Street.

Professor Longhair lived there. P&J Oysters have been there for about a century. Mary’s Hardware store has been there for about 5 years. And the streetcar has just made a return, and, after a long absence,  is once again rattling up and down the broad, grassy, neutral ground.

City officials are predicting that the return of the streetcar will breathe life back into the street and revive its fabled New Orleans history of arts, entertainment, and commerce.

Is any of that actually happening? 

Sal Sunseri

Sal Sunseri from the street’s oldest inhabitant, P&J Oysters, is joining Peter for to lunch today.

David Blazac

And so is Sal’s newest neighbor, David Blazak from Mary’s Hardware store.

Sal Sunseri, David Blazak, Peter Ricchiuti

Photos at Commander’s Palace by Alison Moon.

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