Red Stick Spice Co. has new owner

Photo provided by Red Stick Spice Co. Anne Melnick, owner of The Lunch Lady catering, recently bought Red Stick Spice Co. on Jefferson Highway in Baton Rouge. Show caption
Photo provided by Red Stick Spice Co. Anne Melnick, owner of The Lunch Lady catering, recently bought Red Stick Spice Co. on Jefferson Highway in Baton Rouge.

Local chef Anne Milneck, owner of The Lunch Lady catering business and a mother of three, bought the store in mid-December.

“Red Stick Spice was already one of my favorite stores in Baton Rouge as a home cook and a professional,” Milneck said in a news release. “When I saw it was for sale, I jumped on the opportunity.”

Milneck said customers can still expect to find favorite products, but that she intends to expand tea offerings and regional sales for spices and rubs.

“Louisiana is a food mecca,” she said. “There are home cooks, as well as young local farmers in our area who know more about south Louisiana food than I could ever learn. I am working hard to learn from them and source more locally made spices, rubs and blends.”

Red Stick Spice Co., 7970 Jefferson Highway, Suite G, Baton Rouge, was opened in 2010 by Lee and Gloria Easterwood. Visit the shop online at http://www.redstickspice.com.

SoBou 1 of ‘coolest’ new businesses

BusinessInsider.com on Dec. 12 listed SoBou among its “50 Coolest New Businesses in America,” the French Quarter restaurant said in a news release.

The online business publication conducted a nationwide search for “the hottest restaurants, boutiques, startups, and everything in between” and said SoBou is one of the “coolest new businesses in America that opened or expanded within the last year and a half.”

It said the New Orleans restaurant is cool because “NOLA’s fine cuisine makes itself known at SoBou, which stands for South of Bourbon Street. The restaurant offers a menu of classic Cajun-style New Orleans dishes with a Latin twist, such as shrimp and tasso pinchos.”

SoBou, a Brennan family venture, opened in July 2012 in the W New Orleans-French Quarter. Executive chef is Juan Carlos Gonzalez and consulting chef is Tory McPhail of Commander’s Palace.

Galatoire's in BR gets new general manager

Before joining Galatoire’s Bistro, Molbert supervised the daily operations at Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Baton Rouge and served as dining room and beverage manager at the Baton Rouge Country Club, a news release said.

Molbert, a Louisiana native, attended Catholic High School in New Iberia and is a graduate of LSU.

Scheduled to open in January at its new Acadian Village location, 3535 Perkins Road, Suite 400, Galatoire’s Bistro will include a restaurant, bar, private dining space and outdoor dining area. It will offer traditional French-infused cuisine, a press release said.

For more information about the bistro, call (504) 525-2021 or visit its web site: http://www.galatoiresbistro.com.