Representing huge news from the Port of New Orleans, Disney Cruise Line announced it will begin sailing from the port in early 2020. The line’s 2,700-passenger Disney Wonder cruise ship will make its home port at the Erato Street Cruise Terminal for a currently limited schedule of five itineraries in the Caribbean and Bahamas that begin sailing in February. Booking opened Oct. 4.
The Julia and Bonci Pizzeria
The Julia at Saint Charles, an upcoming mixed-use development in New Orleans’ Warehouse District by Stirling Properties set to open in the second quarter of 2019, will welcome Rome-based Bonci Pizzeria’s third location in the United States as its anchor co-tenant, along with True Food Kitchen. The Julia will include almost 200 luxury apartments and over 16,000 square feet of ground floor commercial space.
Children’s Hospital Hog House
On Sept. 27, Hogs for the Cause teams and supporters joined in dedicating Children’s Hospital’s Hogs House, a 1920s townhouse the organization has pledged $2.1 million to renovate into an on-campus housing facility for families from outside New Orleans who have a child receiving treatment at the hospital. Hogs House will include 13 family suites with private bathroooms, common areas with two family lounges, kitchen spaces and a laundry room.
UNTUCKit, a company created in 2011 that creates dress shirts designed to be worn untucked opened its first Louisiana store at 3943 Magazine Street Sept. 14. New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees joined the company as an investor and “brand ambassador” early this year. UNTUCKit is one of the fastest-growing retail brands in the country. The 2,089-square-foot retail space includes t-shirts, polos, sports jackets, performance wear and new lines for women and boys.
Vintage Rock Club
Brechtel Hospitality, the management company that operates Fulton Alley, Walk-Ons and Copper Vine, opened its newest venture, Vintage Rock Club, a high-end bar and entertainment venue, Oct. 27 at 1009 Poydras Street. The club took over former event space the Rampart Room, located above Walk-Ons. Open Friday and Saturday nights from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., and available for event and party rentals seven days a week, Vintage Rock Club is an exclusive multimedia music experience surrounded by the concept of “the greatest jukebox that ever lived.”
Esplanade 2018 Partners, a partnership of Metairie-based Property One — a full-service property management, leasing, brokerage and consulting service company — and Dallas-based Provident Realty Advisors — a privately held real estate and investment firm headquartered in Dallas, Texas — opened their newly remodeled office building and company headquarters, Executive Tower, at 3500 N. Causeway on Oct. 2. The building was purchased in April 2018 and Property One relocated its corporate headquarters to the building in June.
Universal Facility Services
Universal Facility Services — a division of Canada-based Universal Group — has made its first home in the United States in New Orleans. The company, which provides safe, eco-friendly professional cleaning, beautification and external facility improvement services to companies including Ochsner Health System, is located in One Shell Square at 701 Poydras Street.