It’s New Orleans: Out to Lunch

Hosted ByPeter Ricchiuti

OUT TO LUNCH finds the country's most entertaining finance professor Peter Ricchiuti conducting business New Orleans style: over lunch. Each week Peter invites guests from the New Orleans business world to join him, sometimes for fine dining others for pizza. From CEO's to startups, managers, musicians, biomed needle-movers, Silicon Bayou success stories and entrepreneurs of all stripes put aside the elevator pitch and the talking points and actually enjoy themselves. It's business, New Orleans style.
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.