On Friday, July 19, Shake Shack opened its first Louisiana shack in the Greater New Orleans Area at 3501 Veterans Memorial Blvd. , just off North Causeway Boulevard on the corner of Severn Avenue. The opening is the first step in a larger expansion in Louisiana, with two additional locations opening this year in Canal Place and the Louis Armstrong Airport. The Metairie location includes a unique selection of frozen custard concretes created in partnership with Haydel’s Bakery pralines, chocolate brownies and seasonal pies, as well as local beer and wine options.
Ochsner Health Center — Lake Terrace
Ochsner Health Center — Lake Terrace is now open and serving patients at 1532 Robert E. Lee Boulevard in New Orleans. Featuring the first drive-thru pharmacy in the Ochsner Health System, the 58,137-square-foot facility also includes self-check-in kiosks and more than 60 offices and exam rooms. Services include primary care, general pediatrics and women’s services. Lab and imaging services — including x-ray and mammography — are also available onsite.
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The Daily Beet
Healthy fast-casual dining offering The Daily Beet has opened its third location on the corner of Toledano and Magazine streets in New Orleans’ Garden District. The restaurant also has locations in St. Roch and the Central Business District. This newest addition features a laid-back schoolhouse interior, thanks to local architecture firm Concordia and design and fabrication firm GoodWood NOLA.
Food Court at Place St. Charles
Popular Central Business District lunch spot Place St. Charles — at 201 St. Charles Ave. — reopened its second-floor food court on July 18. The food court now features nine local vendors which include Korean, Nicaraguan, Middle Eastern, Tex-Mex, Vietnamese, Italian and New Orleans-style dining options. It is open weekdays for breakfast and lunch until 2:30 p.m.
Hubig’s Pies has announced plans to relaunch production of its famous fruit pies with a $1.37 million capital investment in a Jefferson Parish manufacturing facility. The project initially will create 14 full-time direct jobs, with an average annual salary of more than $40,600, plus benefits. Louisiana Economic Development estimates the project will result in an additional 16 new indirect jobs, for a total of 30 new jobs in the Southeast Region of Louisiana.Hubig’s targets a production launch in 2020. In addition to traditional recipes, the company will offer e-commerce options for remote ordering and delivery of Hubig’s hand pies.
On August 7, the City of New Orleans, New Orleans Public Schools, International High School of New Orleans (IHSNO), Groundwork New Orleans, ASLA and other partners broke ground at Legacy Park, a new greenspace project in the Lafayette Square neighborhood in Downtown New Orleans. The project will transform a portion of the IHSNO parking lot into a shared greenspace serving both the students and the surrounding community. The Downtown Development District (DDD) and Groundwork New Orleans are overseeing construction, which has a total budget of $300,000. DDD plans to match private and corporate philanthropy to complete the project.
Junior’s on Harrison
In fall 2019, restaurateurs Nick Hufft and Lon Marchand will open Junior’s on Harrison (Junior’s) at 789 Harrison Avenue in New Orleans’ Lakeview neighborhood in a space formerly occupied by Cava. The New Orleans locals currently operate Curbside Burgers and The Overpass Merchant in Baton Rouge, along with mobile creamery Gail’s Fine Ice Cream. The two-story, 110-seat eatery will include an upstairs bar and expansive terrace, along with an interior dining room serving modern American cuisine. A brick and mortar locale of Gail’s Fine Ice Cream is also planned for Lakeview later this year.