Odyssey House Louisiana
Odyssey House Louisiana, a nonprofit behavioral health care facility with an emphasis on addiction treatment, broke ground on its future home at the long-vacant Bohn Motor Co. building at 2700 S. Broad Ave. The $14.4 million project will expand and transform the building into a 41,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility that is anticipated to create 45 new jobs and provide low cost medical and behavioral health care to thousands of New Orleans residents.
Chamberlain University and Ochsner Health System have entered into an educational alliance agreement that includes opening a new Chamberlain University campus on the West Campus of Ochsner Medical Center on Jefferson Highway in New Orleans. The campus — Chamberlain’s first in Louisiana — will offer an on-site, three-year bachelor of science in nursing degree designed to help address the city’s nursing shortage. The campus will feature Chamberlain’s Simcare Center™, which provides high-tech simulated patient care for students and Ochsner health care professionals. Applications are now being accepted for spring semester classes, which will begin April 30, 2018.
Waitr Restaurant Incubator Lab
Restaurant on-demand platform Waitr has launched the Waitr Restaurant Incubator Lab at its new Baton Rouge office at Celtic Studios. The initiative is designed to accelerate early stage growth of a startup restaurant, providing aspiring chefs with the ability to create a brand and design a menu to make their businesses successful.
Founded in Lake Charles, Louisiana, Waitr has quickly grown to serve more than 150 cities across the Southeast, including Baton Rouge. It currently has 3,000 employees and partners with more than 4,000 restaurants nationwide.
Bywater American Bistro
Chef Nina Compton, owner of restaurant Compere Lapin, unveiled her newest venture, Bywater American Bistro (BABs), on March 15 inside the Rice Mill Lofts at 2900 Chartres Street. The restaurant will feature seasonal ingredient-driven fare served in a casually elegant setting. Compere Lapin Sous Chef Levi Raines will helm Bywater American Bistro as chef/partner.
Habitat for Humanity ReStore
New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity broke ground in March on its new ReStore location at 2425 Williams Boulevard in Kenner. The Habitat ReStore sells new and gently used construction materials, appliances, furniture and other household items at 90 percent off regular price. This marks the second ReStore location in the Metro — the other is at 2900 Elysian Fields in New Orleans. The Williams Boulevard ReStore will span 25,000 square feet and employ eight to 10 individuals. Projected opening date is early 2019.
Hard Rock International
Just blocks away from the Ernest. N. Morial Convention Center, Hard Rock International, working with local developer, Kailas Companies, plans to open the Hard Rock Hotel New Orleans and the Residences at the Hard Rock Hotel New Orleans at 1301 Canal St. in the spring of 2019. The 18-story building will include 350 hotel rooms, as well as 62 one-, two-, and three-bedroom units available for purchase.
Features will include four meeting spaces and two ballrooms, totaling approximately 12,000 square feet of event space. Along with food and beverage offerings to include an upscale Louisiana seafood restaurant, Pitard’s Adult Snowballs and a rooftop bar and lounge, the building will also feature a fully-equipped workout facility and Rock Om®, a one-of-a-kind yoga experience that harnesses the power of music.