Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience
Expected to draw more than 35,000 visitors a year to New Orleans’ museum district, the Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience is expected to open in late summer at 818 Howard Street. Exhibits will explore the many ways Jews in the American South influenced and were influenced by the distinct cultural heritage of their communities, covering 13 states and more than 300 years of history, including the Colonial War, Civil War, World War II and the civil rights movement.
New Housing for Tulane University
The former Warwick Hotel, a 12-story building located at 1315 Gravier St., is now being leased by Tulane University. The university is currently renovating the building with plans to create 154 apartments for graduate students, researchers, physicians, faculty and other affiliates of its expanding downtown campus. The project — adjacent to Tulane University School of Medicine — will also add ground floor retail space, including a full-service restaurant, coffee shop, grab- and-go food options, patio space and lounge seating. Renovations are expected to be completed no later than August 2021.
Scariano Wholesale Foods
Food distribution facility Scariano Wholesale Foods in the Baptist community west of Hammond will be undergoing a $10 million expansion designed to improve transportation, access and logistics at the site while creating 20 new direct jobs with an average annual salary of $42,000 plus benefits. Louisiana Economic Development estimates the expansion will result in an additional 27 new indirect jobs, for a total of 47 new jobs in Tangipahoa Parish and surrounding areas. Founded in 1930, Scariano Wholesale is celebrating 90 years in business. The family- owned company specializes in the delivery of pork, beef, poultry and seafood. The company has more than 1,200 customers across the Gulf Coast, with a territory spanning from eastern Texas to the Florida Panhandle.
New York-based financial technology firm Raistone Capital announced March 10 that it will be opening an office at 400 Poydras in New Orleans’ Central Business District. The office will create 50 jobs with a cumulative payroll of $12 million over the next five years. Louisiana Economic Development estimates the project will result in an additional 44 new indirect jobs, for a total of 94 new jobs in Greater New Orleans. Leveraging technology, Raistone Capital forms a financial bridge by providing immediate working capital to help companies grow and scale their businesses.
Renovated Pan American Life Center
Commercial real estate company Stirling Properties is currently undergoing a $7 million renovation of the Pan American Life Center, a 673,000-square- foot premier office building located at the corner of Poydras Street and St. Charles Avenue. The project will include a renovated café, state-of-the-art conference center and upgraded ground floor lobby. Office tenants include Pan American Life Insurance Group, IBERIABANK, Morris Bart Law Offices, McGlinchey Stafford, Merrill Lynch and Stirling Properties. During the renovation, the existing café is closed; however, a new Café Micro Market has been opened in the lobby on the first floor. Construction began in early January and is expected to be completed in the summer of 2020.
Wing Zone Grill & Tap
Wing Zone’s first-ever Wing Zone Grill & Tap opened at 1900 Barataria Boulevard in Marrero on March 1. The full-service restaurant and bar offers pickup, carry out and delivery services, along with new menu items, 12 new beers on tap, wine, premium liquor and a “Wing Zone Punch.”