A New Clinic For Senior Citizens in Jefferson Parish

This new clinic will be the second clinic of its type in the area and is also part of Ochsner Health System. This clinic will be in a space that used to be a pizza restaurant in Marrero. The project will require more than $2.8 million to convert the space. This is a perfect location because the median age is 40 and rising.

“We are providing more access to care by responding to when, where and how our patients need us,” said Dr. Kenny Cole, Ochsner’s vice president for clinical improvement. “This unique clinic … will provide participants with access to customized care to ensure they stay healthy and feel connected with resources dedicated to them, including multidisciplinary care teams, fitness coaching and community events.”

The clinic is a 65 plus clinic that will have
physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, a pharmacist, nurse care managers, social workers, dietitians, health coach, fitness instructors and physical therapist. Currently there are Ochsner 65 Plus clinics in Covington, Baton Rouge and Pensacola, Florida, and are under construction at 7060 Veterans Memorial Blvd. in Metairie and near Hilton Head, South Carolina.

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St. Roch Market Jumping Back From the Panedemic

St. Roch Market, one of the only remaining food halls in New Orleans, almost closed because of losing vendors and having a slow business. CR Coffee Shops which is owned by Kevin Pedeaux came to the rescue.

Pedeaux stepped in an actually took over the lease for the food hall and has been rebuilding and dedicating his money and time to the hall since September. Currently, the hall has eleven vendors with a waiting list. This is amazing news since the historic building that houses St. Roch Market has not been full since before the pandemic.

If your a vendor that still needs a home, there are some other places that have space for food vendors. One is Backatown Plaza market and it is located on Claiborne Avenue. The first phase of the new project will be be able to hold thirty vendors, a stage, rain gardens and other green spaces.

St. Johns is another space, formerly Mayhew Bakery, which will now house Nolita. Nolita has been a staple since three Mardi Gras ago. Owner Martha Gilreath is the founder of Nolita which serves king cakes. Not only will you be able to purchase a king cake, but you will be able to get some crawfish bread, danishes baguettes, and much more.

Gretna will get a new development which will be a three-story building with a restaurant, barbershop and green space. Uptown Brewery is excited to expand to the West Bank along with Port Orleans Brewing. The development is located at Huey P Long Avenue and 2nd Street.

And finally, Seafood Sally’s will reopen with a facelift. This is just in time for Black Restaurant Week in New Orleans. Black Restaurant Week will include Addis Nola, Baby’s Snack Box, Nice Guys Bar & Grill, Nonno’s Cajun Cuisine, Peewee’s Crab Cakes on the Go, Backatown Coffee Parlour, and Meals from the Heart Cafe and much more.

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Nashville Sake Bar Coming to New Orleans

Algiers Point is a great area in New Orleans, and it has been chosen as the landing spot of a new sake bar. Rice Vice in Nashville is the original bar that was established by a Nashville sake brewery.

The New Orleans Rice Vice will be located at 143 Delaronde St. The bar is now under construction in what used to be a barbershop. It will be a small venture with 20 seats in about 400 square feet. The bar is located next to the Nighthawk Naploletana a new pizza restaurant. Early 2024 is the time frame for the bar’s opening.

“The whole point is to lower the barrier for people who want to explore this,” said Rice Vice founder Bryon Stithem. “It can be as deep learning experience as you want to make it.”

“There was a time when I was working in New York, and had access to all this great sake,” Stithem said. “When I came back to the South, the only way I could get access to the something like that again was to make my own.”

Stithem started his own sake brewery called Proper Sake Co. in Nashville. To showcase his product, Rice Vice opened its doors. The sake bar has been recognized as one of the best bars in the country by Esquire Magazine.

His love for New Orleans brought him here to start another sake bar and its perfect spot was the location in Algiers Point. His partner in the project, Bryson Aust, lives in Algiers Point and is partner also to the new pizzeria.

“Italian food and sake are great together, it’s umami on umami,” Stithem said.

“I started out as someone with an American understanding of sake, that there was hot and cold, filtered and unfiltered, and that was it,” said Aust. “But it really does run as deep as wine.”

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LNG’s Plaquemines Site Phase Two Approved

The decision to proceed with the second phase of the Plaquemines LNG export plant comes after the parent company, Venture Global LNG, now has $7.8 billion for the project. This is part of the $21 billion funding for the Plaquemines project.

The Plaquemines project is located on the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana. The actual building will be built on the west bank of the Mississippi River. The project also includes the Gator Express pipeline. This is a two-pipeline project that is connected to the existing natural gas pipeline that delivers natural gas to the site.

The facility will house a liquefaction plant with 18 integrated single-mixed refrigerant (SMR) blocks, four 200,000m³ LNG storage tanks, three LNG loading docks, and air-cooled power generation facilities. It will comprise six pre-treatment facilities, with three in each phase.  Again this project will also be built in two phases. Each phase will take up nine blocks that will include liquefaction units and support facilities.

The plan is to open phase one in 2024 and phase two in 2025. The total project will create 250 new direct jobs, 728 indirect jobs and 2,200 construction jobs (during the project’s building). Phase two customers will include Exxon Mobil (XOM.N), Chevron (CVX.N), EnBW Energie Baden Wuerttemberg (EBKG.DE), New Fortress Energy (NFE.O), PETRONAS, China Gas Holdings (0384.HK) and Excelerate Energy (EE.N).

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Shell Corporation Moving to the River District

Shell’s corporate, along with the 800 employees, will be moving to the River District. The headquarters is currently located on Poydras Street. The project should be completed by late 2024 or early 2025.

Employees are overjoyed with the decision due to the fact that many energy companies have been moving to Texas. “This is an exciting announcement that further solidifies the long-standing and successful relationship between Louisiana and Shell. This is a significant investment in the city and our state, and I’m grateful to everyone involved in turning this concept into reality,” said Governor John Bel Edwards.

“We have been an integral part of the community and the working coast….and we are committing to stay here with a new building,” said Colette Hirstius, Senior VP of Shell’s Gulf of Mexico location.

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