Road opening could boost business
BATON ROUGE- A road project already behind schedule is slated to finally open two lanes by the end of this week. DPW Director Pete Newkirk tells News 2 the South Harrells Ferry Road project between Jones Creek and O'Neal Lane will have two lanes open by Friday, barring any weather issues. For one local business owner, the news of the reopening is music to his ears.
"I've been counting the days," said Khaled Diab, owner of Tiger Bait Grill, a restaurant just blocks away from the construction. "I have good food here, when this construction is finished, we are gonna be very busy, very busy, I'm sure about that."
Diab said when the road closed his business dropped by 50 percent. He thinks it's because getting to his location was inconvenient for his main clientele, something one customer agrees with.
"It's a great cut through to get to other places and with all the construction going on you just don't want to come down this way, you stay on the interstate, go a different way, which eliminates everything down here," said Don McPherson, who was visiting the restaurant with his family.
Now Diab and his crew are preparing for the opening and crossing their fingers that it'll bring more business.
"The big guy who works on the road, he comes here and eats every two or three days, and I keep asking him, when, when, when," said Diab, "I told him when they open the road I'm gonna do a big party for you and your guys."