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.

The Franchise Option – Out to Lunch – It’s New Orleans

When you think of a business that’s based on franchising, you probably think of places like Subway and McDonalds. But there are many more. There are over 750,000 franchise outlets in the U.S.

Some of them might surprise you. Like Barre 3. They’re workout studios that combine ballet barre with yoga and Pilates. 

Kendall Carriere

There are 3 Barre 3 studios here in New Orleans, all owned by Kendall Carriere. 

Jeff Anderson

Jeff Anderson is owner of the local franchise for Budget Blinds. Jeff didn’t set out to be your local blind supplier. His path to window treatments meandered through business landscapes that include the wide-open spaces of Montana and the stock exchange.

Like blinds, and people, franchising comes in a wide range of shapes and sizes. On this edition of Out to Lunch, Peter Ricchiuti talks to Kendall and Jeff about why they chose franchising and how it’s working for them.

Jeff Anderson, Kendall Carriere, Peter Ricchiuti

Photos at Commander’s Palace by Alison Moon.