Smoothie King signs franchisee for 5 Missouri stores

New Orleans-based Smoothie King Franchises Inc. has signed a five-store development agreement for Missouri with a new franchisee. Franchisee Jackie Floyd will open a store in Columbia in November and four additional locations over the next five years. There are already 21 Smoothie King locations in Missouri. … Continue reading →

Delgado wins $1.5 million training grant

Delgado Community College has been awarded a $1.5 million GE Foundation grant that will support the school’s water and wastewater treatment program and help increase the number of certified water infrastructure workers available to the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans. The GE Foundation will partner with Delgado Community College, the Sewerage and Water Board and … Continue reading →

Farmers market set to debut Oct. 15 at French Market

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Joycelyn Accardo and Tony Accardo of Paulina, La. and with with family ties to the historic French Market sell fresh produce to Jon Smith, the Executive Director of the French Market Corporation after a press conference announcing the opening of a farmer's market at the French Market in the French Quarter in New Orleans, La. Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. The market will be in conduction with the Crescent City Farmers Market which hosts similar markets in different neighborhoods in the city on different days of the week.

A riverfront location and access to overland portage routes made the site of the French Market a natural for trading and commerce among Louisiana’s native peoples long before it became the city’s first official public market in 1791. Today, market boosters say, a confluence of that long history and the modern appreciation for fresh and local foods recommends … Continue reading →

Blaze pizza chain opening N.O. location

Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza, a build-your-own pizza chain, will open its first New Orleans location in January in The Paramount at South Market District, 611 O’Keefe Ave. The pizza chain allows customers to choose their own ingredients on made-from-scratch pizzas that are cooked and ready to eat in three minutes. The New Orleans restaurant will also … Continue reading →

Acosta acquires Southern Sales Solutions in Kenner

Southern Sales Solutions in Kenner has been acquired by Acosta Sales & Marketing, expanding the foodservice division of Jacksonville, Fla.-based Acosta in the Southeast and central parts of the country. Acosta provides sales, marketing and retail merchandising services to food and non-food manufacturers and retailers throughout the U.S. and Canada, including brands seen in stores every day. … Continue reading →

Merger of two Louisiana Entergy utilities requested

Entergy Louisiana LLC and Entergy Gulf States Louisiana LLC have asked the Louisiana Public Service Commission for permission to merge into a single utility. Entergy Louisiana LLC services New Orleans suburbs north to Monroe. Entergy Gulf States Louisiana LLC services customers from Baton Rouge west to the Texas state line. Entergy Louisiana President and Chief … Continue reading →

City issues new RFP for former World Trade Center site

Advocate staff file photo by JOHN McCUSKER --  New Orleans is again soliciting proposals to redevelop t vacant former World Trade Center.

The city is once again soliciting proposals to redevelop the former World Trade Center building at the foot of Canal Street. The riverfront property is widely considered to be one of the most valuable sites in New Orleans, but the city has struggled for years to find someone to redevelop the long-vacant building, with repeated efforts … Continue reading →

Destrehan teacher arrested for alleged sexual contact with student

Shelley Dufresne

A 32-year-old teacher at Destrehan High School was arrested Tuesday for allegedly having sexual contact with a 16-year-old student, authorities said. Shelley Dufresne, who lives in Montz, was arrested about 5:30 p.m. by St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies on a warrant on one count of carnal knowledge of a juvenile, sheriff’s spokesman Capt. Patrick Yoes … Continue reading →

City Council to vote on new zoning law by Nov. 21

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Nick Suarez wears a shirt against the proposed raising of the building height restrictions to 75 feet in the Marigny while Robert Watters, president of Rick's Cabaret and the French Quarter Business Association speaks about the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance at City Council in New Orleans, La. Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014.

The New Orleans City Council expects to vote on a proposed new comprehensive zoning ordinance, likely with several revisions, by Nov. 21 and possibly well before, council President Stacy Head said Tuesday as the body held its first hearing on the long-awaited revision of the city’s zoning law. Individual council members will meet with various groups and … Continue reading →

Gill Pratt must pay restitution while in prison, judge rules

Renee Gill Pratt

A federal judge has refused former New Orleans City Councilwoman Renee Gill Pratt’s request to put off paying restitution to the city and state while she serves a four-year prison term for racketeering. Gill Pratt, who owes more than $688,000 for steering public money to sham charities, sought a reprieve from her debt. Citing expenses related … Continue reading →

St. Charles Avenue streetcar line named a National Historic Landmark

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ-- Streetcars carry and dispatch passengers on South Carrollton Avenue near South Claiborne Avenue late afternoon in New Orleans, La. Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014.

The St. Charles Avenue streetcar line, the oldest operating streetcar system in America, has been designated a National Historic Landmark, the U.S. Department of the Interior announced Tuesday. The designation recognizes sites of historic importance to the entire nation, not just a particular community. The sites have a “high, not simply good level of historic integrity,” … Continue reading →

Man pleads guilty, gets 30 years in Gert Town killing

More than two years after he participated in a mid-afternoon ambush in which a trio of gunmen snatched a 31-year-old man from his vehicle and shot him to death, a suspect charged in the case pleaded guilty Tuesday to manslaughter. Christopher Peterson, who turned 27 on Tuesday, received a 30-year prison sentence in exchange for his … Continue reading →

Stabbing in Algiers kills one, wounds another

A stabbing early Tuesday in Algiers killed one man and injured another, New Orleans police said. Police were called to the 1300 block of Flanders Street about 3 a.m. and found both victims inside a home suffering from multiple stab wounds, said Officer Garry Flot, a Police Department spokesman. One victim, a 40-year-old man, was dead … Continue reading →

Plaquemines to help move LNG export terminal forward

Plaquemines Parish officials have signed an agreement with Louisiana LNG Energy LLC that allows for negotiations to help move forward the company’s proposed liquefied natural gas export terminal in the parish. The parish and the company said they plan to file applications with the Louisiana Department of Economic Development for economic incentives for the project, which is … Continue reading →

Sen. Landrieu, local maritime officials lobby for federal money

Advocate File Photo by Arthur D. Lauck -- U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., is seen in this January 2013 photo.

Stressing the importance of Gulf Coast ports to international trade and the economic impact that Mississippi River commerce has on the region, U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu and Louisiana port officials pushed the director of the White House Office of Management and Budget on Monday to support money for maritime projects in the state. The election-year visit, prompted … Continue reading →

Amtrak ordered to halt work on fence by tracks

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Stacy Head got the City Council to establish a new interim zoning district in order to stop construction of this fence  around the Amtrak train line which parallels Earhart Boulevard.

A New Orleans judge has ordered Amtrak to stop construction on a chain-link fence along the Earhart Boulevard train tracks that Mayor Mitch Landrieu and the City Council have said would impede growth in the surrounding neighborhood. The city filed suit against National Railroad Passenger Corp., which operates as Amtrak, in Civil District Court, requesting a … Continue reading →

Bouie elected to state House seat when Green drops out

New Orleans businessman Eugene Green has dropped his bid for a Louisiana House of Representatives seat. His withdrawal leaves former Southern University at New Orleans Chancellor Joseph Bouie Jr. unopposed for the District 97 seat, which became vacant when Jared Brossett was elected to the City Council in March. The notice of withdrawal that … Continue reading →

Banks based in Raceland, Gonzales merging

The parent companies of Community Bank in Raceland and United Community Bank in Gonzales, which share the same majority ownership, plan to merge. Under the agreement, United Community Bancshares Inc. is being merged into Community Bancorp of Louisiana Inc., officials said Monday. The combined holding company will operate under the name Community Bancorp of Louisiana Inc. and … Continue reading →

Man, 61, found shot dead inside N.O. East home

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Police work the scene of a homicide in the 4900 block of Good Street in Eastern New Orleans Monday, September 29, 2014, looking over an apparent bullet hole in a window.

A 61-year-old man was found shot dead inside a New Orleans East home Monday morning. Police reported the incident about 11:30 a.m. Neighbors said that the front door of the home in the 4900 block of Good Drive was open earlier in the morning, leading them to believe the victim, whose identity was not immediately released, was … Continue reading →

Developers take second crack at proposal for new French Quarter hotel

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--In the shadow the Westin hotel on Iberville St., 111 Iberville maybe converted to a hotel in the near future seen here in New Orleans, La. Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014. A similar plan before Katrina fell apart.

Developers have resurrected a plan to convert a vacant 19th-century riverfront building into the city’s first new French Quarter hotel in decades. The move comes eight years after they shelved their original, controversial proposal. Developers Wayne and David Ducote are expected to submit a request to the City Planning Commission this week for a conditional-use permit … Continue reading →