Posted: May 22, 2014 5:39 PM by Rob Krieger
Updated: May 22, 2014 6:53 PM
BATON ROUGE- Raising Cane's opened it's 19th restaurant in the Capital City area this morning to a crowd of people waiting for the craveable chicken.
The first customers was lauded with applause by employees and awarded with a Cane's gift basket, but it's the presence of Cane's that strikes a chord with Downtown Developers.
"It's a real tipping point as you can see things happening here, we've got a lot of office space going up, residential and now restaurants here, so it represents a new day," said Davis Rhorer, with the Downtown Development District.
"I believe the fact that we can put a Cane's down here, that we can cash flow here is showing that downtown is here and is economically viable for any kind of business," said Todd Graves, owner or Raising Cane's.
That resonates with businesses like Downtown Grocery, which opened up last year and has grown with more visitors.
"You know just to see where downtown is now, from ten years ago, it's dramatic, more attractions, bringing more people downtown, so we're feeling it from an economic stand point," said Michael Stewart, co-owner of Downtown Grocery.
It's even getting businesses to return to the city hub, like Tilt, a company known for it's award winning marketing designs, that left Downtown years ago, only to return with the area's resurgence.
"It just feels right, for what we do, we want to be in the center of things, food, clients, we love it, and we've got a view of the river, can't be beat," said Scott Hodgin with Tilt.
The Downtown Development District also announced plans to create a grand entrance to the Mississippi River Levee at Florida Boulevard for pedestrians. That should be completed by the end of the year.