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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Out To Lunch: Saints! Pelicans! Tourists!

Peter Ricchiuti, Mark Romig and Ed Lang.
Credit Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

New Orleans is one of the country's most popular tourist destinations. There is no specific reason — there's no amusement park or beach — but like other great cities such as Paris and Manhattan, people come here to spend time just living like we do.

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Business
8:34 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Brown Shrimp Season Opens With High Prices, But Future Remains Uncertain

At the Chauvin, Louisiana "Blessing of the Fleet" in April, the T-Kim & James led the procession.
Jesse Hardman

This week Louisiana opened its inshore waters for shrimping. Boats around the state are heading out hoping for a big catch of brown shrimp in the bayous.

It’s a late start to the season, due to the long, cold winter, meaning less time for shrimpers to make money. But some good news for shrimp boat captains: prices are high.

In some cases, prices are double what they were last year. After years of setbacks, shrimpers could use a break.

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Out To Lunch: L.E.D.G.E.

Peter Ricchiuti, Secretary Stephen Moret and Mike deBoe.
Credit Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

There are a lot of people these days claiming how well New Orleans is doing and that in business terms we're now competitive with almost any city in the country. If you'd like proof that this is fact, and not just feel-good boosterism, this edition of Out to Lunch might convince you.

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Latest News
3:59 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Louisiana's Non-Compliance Shortens Alabama's Snapper Season

The government has reduced this year's recreational snapper season in the Gulf of Mexico to just nine days.
Extra Zebra

A leader in Alabama's charter fishing business says new federal limits on red snapper will hurt the state's industry.

The federal government has reduced this year's recreational snapper season in the Gulf of Mexico from 11 days to just nine days, starting June 1.

An arm of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration decided the change was needed because Louisiana opened its state waters year-round in April.

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Latest News
3:01 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Chiquita Banana To Return To New Orleans

Louisiana and the Port of New Orleans offered Chiquita more than $5 million in incentives to move from the Port of Gulfport, Mississippi. Chiquita moved from New Orleans to Miss. in the 1970s after more than 70 years in New Orleans.
High Contrast Flickr

Chiquita Brands International Inc. is returning to New Orleans after nearly 40 years, bringing up to 350 new jobs.

Gov. Bobby Jindal and Chiquita official Mario Pacheco say the company is moving from the Port of Gulfport, Mississippi, where it relocated in the 1970s after more than 70 years in New Orleans. Louisiana and the port offered more than $5 million in incentives.

The officials say Chiquita is expected to begin shipping through New Orleans in early 2015. The move will leave the Port of Gulfport without one of its four principal tenants.

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Out To Lunch: The Show Must Go On

Peter Ricchiuti, Bryan Bailey and David Skinner.
Credit Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

Now that the Katrina-darkened footlights are back on at the Saenger, the Mahalia Jackson and the Civic, theater is big business in New Orleans. Peter's guests on Out to Lunch are two of the people who brought these theaters back to life and who operate them.

Bryan Bailey is co-owner and Managing Partner of the Civic Theater. David Skinner is General Manager of the Saenger and the Mahalia Jackson theaters.

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Out To Lunch
1:02 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Out To Lunch: In It For The Money

Peter Ricchiuti, Suzanne Mestayer and Marianne Van Meter.
Credit Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

There are a lot of great reasons to live in New Orleans, but “making money” is not typically at the top of the list. Even though the business climate is undeniably better here now than we’ve seen in decades, money is not what drives most of us.

But of course, we can’t live without it. So thankfully there are New Orleanians who devote themselves to looking after money, and two of them are Peter's guests this week on Out to Lunch.

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Out To Lunch: Cats 'N Dogs

Patrick McCausland, Peter Ricchiuti and Michelle Ingram.
Credit Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

Last year Americans spent over $55 billion on their pets. To put that in some sort of perspective, that's more than most countries in the world spend on their military.

In New Orleans, Zeus' Place is one of a number of 21st Century pet boarding and day care facilities where pets are treated somewhere between kindergarten kids and rest home residents, with activities, walks, naps and even their own apartment. Michelle Ingram, founder and owner.

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Out To Lunch
8:05 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Out To Lunch: Cork 'N Leather

Julie Araujo, Amanda Dailey, Peter Ricchiuti and Alexander Bourne.
Credit Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

"Do something you're passionate about" is tossed about so often as the key to starting up an entrepreneurial business that it's become all but a cliché. This episode of Out to Lunch will restore your faith in the place of passion in business. And if you've ever thought about starting up your own business, after this 30 minutes you'll be inspired to run out and do it!

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Latest News
7:16 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Zoning Board Takes Up French Quarter Novelty Shops

French Quarter T-shirt shops could be operating in violation of city ordinances.
Infrogmation of New Orleans Flickr

The future of 13 French Quarter souvenir shops is being decided Tuesday at the Board of Zoning Adjustments.

Seventeen shops in all were cited for violations last year as part of the city's crackdown on novelty stores, The Advocate reported.

The stores were said to be in violation of a 2011 city ordinance banning new tee-shirt shops in the French Quarter, and an older law that prohibits novelty shops from opening within 600 feet of another shop.

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