Drew Bevolo's family founded and has owned Bevolo Gas & Electric Lights since 1945. Burt Benrud's family business, Café du Monde, started up in the 1860s. These two standard bearers of New Orleans' enduring icons talk about the present, the future, and entrepreneur NOLA Pie Guy on this week's Out to Lunch.
City officials and developers have big plans for Tulane Avenue. The rough patch of old Airline Highway will hold two new hospitals, and a planned biomedical corridor. It’s slated to have fewer lanes of traffic and new landscaping, too. But, change is slow. Some residents and business owners who have invested in the neighborhood feel let down by the seedy motels and high crime that persist on Tulane Avenue.
Michael Dell agreed to sweeten his proposal to buy Dell Inc. to as much as $24.9 billion with a special dividend, winning concessions from the board committee that boost his odds of winning shareholder support for the deal.
When it was launched Thursday, the Moto X, Google's first smartphone product to come out of its buyout of Motorola, was not the highest powered or highest pixeled device. Rather, the designers boasted of its usability — that the Moto X has a larger purpose: making the technology of a phone adapt to the way people use them, rather than force user behavior to adapt to the technology.
Last month the Obama Administration pushed back the employee mandate under the Affordable Care Act by one year. Employers with 50 or more full-time workers now have until 2015 to either provide their workers with health insurance or face a penalty.
In states that are expanding Medicaid as part of the the new health law’s roll-out, businesses have more flexibility in deciding how to make sure their workers are covered. And though Louisiana is not participating, proponents of expanding Medicaid in the state see the delay of the employer mandate as a chance to rally some small business support.
Today is the final day for the LA Swift bus. That’s the commuter bus between New Orleans and Baton Rouge, started shortly after Hurricane Katrina. It has provided transport between the cities for just a few dollars, by far the cheapest option available.
Downtown at Tulane and Loyola Avenues, Carrie Robicheaux waits for the Swift bus back to Baton Rouge, after a trip to see her New Orleans doctor. She’s taken this bus since she moved away after Katrina.
Whole Foods Market was born in New Orleans. We're staying ahead of the curve.
John Elstrott, Chairman of the Board of Whole Foods Market, tells the fascinating tale of the birth of the health food giant and equally fascinating tale of what's ahead. CEO of GNO, Inc. Michael Hecht is one of the architects of New Orleans' sensational business resurgence.
Arts administrator Mia Volkemmer, and fine artist and leather mask-maker John Flemming, join Peter Ricchiuti for a lunch filled with tales of the art world that range from Uptown New Orleans to Afghanistan and Bridget Bardot.