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.

Hit Me – Out to Lunch – It’s New Orleans

After Hurricane Katrina pushed the reset button on New Orleans, some commercial streets have come roaring back. Others remain decimated. And then there’s Claiborne Avenue. Despite drainage repairs and beautification, the street remains a mismatched mix of new development and old New Orleans.

A combination of both these elements can be found at Le Boxeur gym. It’s a new business that’s an old school boxing gym. And the home of a new invention called The Flex Mitt that is changing how fighters train across the country. 

Matt Nussbaum with the Flex Mitt

Matt Nussbaum is a recovering economist, a born again boxing trainer trainer, manager of Le Boxeur gym, and inventor of The Flex Mitt.

Barrett Cooper

Barrett Cooper is COO of New Orleans company, ERG Enterprises. You may not know the company but you definitely know its half a billion dollars worth of investments – from the Windsor Court Hotel downtown to Tipitina’s uptown. And you might have seen the Hollywood movies they’ve financed. 

Barrett Cooper, Matt Nussbaum, Peter Ricchiuti

Photos in the wine room at Commander’s Palace by Alison Moon.