Business & Technology

Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Out To Lunch: Down To The Dirt

Simone Bruni and Will Bradshaw.
Credit Elizabeth Hudson / It's New Orleans

The post Hurricane Katrina world of demolishing New Orleans buildings and hauling truckloads of rubble off to a landfill isn't a male-dominated industry, it's a male-only industry. At least it was, until Simone Bruni came along with nothing more than a few pink yard signs and a business name that would capitalize on her most unique quality in the demolition business: Demo Diva

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Out To Lunch
2:06 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

Out To Lunch: Location, Location, Location

Rick Haase and Pres Kabacoff.
Credit Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

Pres Kabacoff and his company HRI Properties have had an enormous impact on the city of New Orleans — from building Beau Chêne on the Northshore to pioneering a return to inner-city living by bringing back the Warehouse District.

Rick Haase has shepherded Latter and Blum into becoming the biggest real estate player in the Gulf South.  

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Out To Lunch: Tinsel Town

Lenny Alsfeld and Susan Brennan, with Peter Ricchiuti.
Credit Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

The film business continues to grow so quickly that the term "Hollywood South" is becoming less of a quaint marketing moniker and more literally true with every movie that shoots here. Part of the reason for the growth is financial — state tax credits — and the other part is the crew and facilities now available here.

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Out To Lunch: Social Media Angel

Chris Schulz, Peter Ricchiuti and McKenzie Coco.
Credit Jason Saul / WWNO

This week on Out to Lunch: Chris Schulz is founder of angel investor Voodoo Ventures and NOLA IT-central Launchpad. Once you get your business up and running McKenzie Coco's FSC Interactive will get you noticed. As will your hip sunglasses from KREWE du optic.

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Business
4:12 am
Tue December 10, 2013

BP Argues Companies Are Unfairly Cashing In On 2010 Spill

The Deepwater Horizon oil rig burns in the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010.
Gerald Herbert AP

Originally published on Tue December 10, 2013 11:56 am

Oil giant BP is challenging hundreds of millions of dollars in claims that were filed by businesses after the company's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The total price tag for BP's oil spill is huge — $42.5 billion. At issue here is a fraction of that — but still a lot of money. BP says $540 million has been awarded to businesses for losses that "are either nonexistent, exaggerated or have nothing to do with the Deepwater Horizon accident."

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

From A To B: Absinthe To Beer

Jedd Haas, Argyle Wolfknapp and Kirk Coco.
Grant Morris It's New Orleans

This week on Out to Lunch, we wonder: what kind of business person looks at the New Orleans landscape and decides we need more booze? Kirk Coco from NOLA Brewing and Jedd Haas from Atelier Vie, that's who.

Plus, what's next for Idea Village prize winning biz Your Nutrition Delivered?

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11:51 am
Wed December 4, 2013

NY Times: New Orleans Restaurant Scene Rises, Reflecting A Richer City

Lead in text: 
The New York Times examines the exploding number of new restaurants in New Orleans, and touches on the impacts and future implications of a service focus on the city's economy.
NEW ORLEANS - By one count there were already 65 restaurants on the three miles of Magazine Street, a major artery through this city's upscale districts. But on a recent Monday, diners were eager for No. 66. The minute the lights went on at Ivy, an autumnal little lounge with an as-seen-on-TV chef, the curious were at the door.
Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Thu November 28, 2013

Out To Lunch: You Smell Lucky

Peter Ricchiuti, Amy Wendel and Jerry Strahan.
Credit Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

Jerry Strahan has been wrangling Lucky Dogs vendors for nearly 40 years and has the stories to prove it. Amy Wendel carries on the family tradition of Hove, the French Quarter's French Creole perfumery.

Plus, Amy and Jerry pay it forward with online marketers Ember Networks.

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Out To Lunch
4:37 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Out To Lunch: Meat 'N Eggs

Tess Monaghan, Peter Ricchiuti and Seth Hamstead.
Credit Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

Good local meat meets local Good Eggs. Seth Hamstead from full-service butcher Cleaver & Co., and Tess Monaghan from online farmer's market Good Eggs, are leading the local revolution back to the future of good, old fashioned, locally grown, seasonal and sustainable food. And they deliver.

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Out To Lunch: Ultraviolet Hydrocarbons

Robert Suggs and Todd Hornbeck.
Grant Morris It's New Orleans

This week on Out to Lunch, at either end of the energy spectrum, Robert Suggs from South Coast Solar and Todd Hornbeck from Hornbeck Offshore Services are in very different worlds. But they do have a few ideas in common about NOLA Bikinis.

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