B on Canal Hotel
Following an extensive multi-million-dollar renovation, boutique hotel B on Canal is now open at 1300 Canal Street. The 15-story building houses 155 guestrooms and suites ranging from 231 to 863 square feet. The hotel also features more than 1,750 square feet of meeting and event space and its own signature restaurant, Madam’s Modern Kitchen + Bar.
Accruent, the world’s leading provider of physical resource management solutions, celebrated the opening of its new office June 26. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Accruent services industries in more than 150 countries around the world. The company is currently working out of the Contemporary Arts Center’s shared workspace, The Shop, while work continues to solidify a permanent office space.
Accruent plans to hire 65 employees in New Orleans this year, with staffing projections of up to 350 by 2020.
2 Oaks Apartments
New Orleans’ newest affordable apartment community, 2 Oaks Apartments, is now leasing the first 176 apartments of the planned 400-unit complex which offers one- to four-bedroom units. Located on a wooded 21-acre property in the Village de L’est neighborhood of New Orleans East, the $53 million redevelopment project is being developed by Mirus New Orleans LLC and managed by Commonwealth Management Corp. on the site of the former Versailles Arms Apartments at Dwyer Boulevard and Saigon Drive, which was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.
The newest location of national chain Dogtopia, the nation’s leading dog daycare, boarding and spa facility, opened May 19 at 9501 Airline Hwy. It is the second Dogtopia location in Louisiana and is owned and operated by local husband-and-wife team Joe and Lisa Thornhill and their daughters Maddy and Katie Thornhill.
Demolition at the former home of the Times-Picayune on 3800 Howard Avenue in New Orleans is expected to commence this summer to make way for the new-to-market golf entertainment concept Drive Shack. A new, three-story, 62,000-square-foot facility which will include 90 indoor driving range bays, a restaurant and corporate and group event space is expected to open late 2019. The first Drive Shack opened just this past April in Orlando and locations are already planned for Richmond, Virginia; Raleigh, North Carolina; West Palm Beach, Florida; and Marietta, Georgia.
On May 31, Pythian Market — a new urban food collective located inside the recently renovated Pythian mixed-use development at 234 Loyola Avenue — opened to the public. The 11,000-square-foot space features 14 locally-sourced food purveyors, fast craft cocktails and retail vendors and seats up to 140 people.
Goldbergs Fine Foods
The company’s first location outside of Atlanta — where it was founded in 1972 — traditional New York-style deli and full-service restaurant, Goldbergs Fine Foods, opened in May at 925 Common Street in New Orleans’ Central Business District. The 6,500-square-foot restaurant seats up to 160 and has created roughly 50 new permanent jobs.