Business

Longtime Baton Rouge restaurant, The Melting Pot, announces closure

A restaurant that’s been open in Baton Rouge for nearly 19 years has now announced it’s closing.

Walmart employees in Louisiana earn nearly $4 million in cash bonuses

More than 915,000 Walmart employees in the nation received their share of more than $200 million in cash bonuses based on their stores' Q2 performances. In Louisiana, employees received $3.84 million of that money.

Proposed Exxon plant expansion in BR to bring 600+ jobs

According to a new report commissioned by Louisiana Economic Development and prepared by the LSU EJ Ourso College of Business, ExxonMobil’s proposed polyolefins plant expansion is expected to bring 600 construction jobs, 45 full-time jobs, almost $4 million in annual wages, and more than $55 million

General Motors recalls pickups, SUVs over brakes

General Motors is recalling about 41,000 pickup trucks and police sports utility vehicles because of loose brake pedals.

Baton Rouge mayor launches International Relations Commission

On Friday, September 14, East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome announced the re-establishment of her International Relations Commission.

The Cove bar to temporarily close, move locations

The Cove bar is moving from its current location at CitiPlace Court this weekend after more than a decade at the retail center on Corporate Boulevard, the bar posted on its Facebook page.

Another Broken Egg expected to close location in Baton Rouge

Another Broken Egg’s downtown location is closing Friday afternoon.

Amazon's Jeff Bezos to start $2 billion charitable fund

Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos says he will start a $2 billion charitable fund to help homeless families and open new preschools in low-income neighborhoods

GBR Food Bank standing by to assist Carolinas, plus ways you can help

Louisiana may not be in Florence’s sight but local businesses, like SFT, are already raising money for hurricane relief efforts.

BTR Airport now offering flights to Orlando, Austin

The Baton Rouge Airport kicked off some new non-stop flights Thursday afternoon. They now offer service to Orlando, Florida and Austin, Texas.

Amazon is 2nd US company to reach $1 trillion market value

Amazon has become the second publicly traded company to be worth $1 trillion, hot on the heels of Apple

  Another 3rd Street bar closes as others say their business is booming

Baton Rouge club ‘1913’ closed its doors for good Thursday owner John Delgado confirmed. The bar on 3rd Street near Laurel Street opened in December of 2015.

Audit finds EBR Housing Authority misused some public funds

Taxpayer money was wasted, according to a legislative audit of the East Baton Rouge Housing Authority. A new audit found the agency spent nearly $9,000 in public money on employee parties and gifts.

Matherne's grocery store coming to LSU campus

Matherne's Market is set to open a grocery store on LSU's campus, providing students, faculty, and staff with more options when it comes to dining.

75 new jobs with an average salary of $80K expected at new West Baton Rouge plant

A new reclamation facility in West Baton Rouge first announced in 2015 is expected to create more jobs for the area.

Baton Rouge, Hammond breweries announce collaboration ahead of rare football match-up

Two local breweries, one in Baton Rouge and one in Hammond, have announced a collaboration ahead of a rare football match-up.

Baton Rouge's first CBD store set to open as industry expands

It's a first for Baton Rouge: a boutique health store dedicated to cannabis products that are not marijuana.

Local businesswoman uses online influence to motivate Baton Rouge residents to ‘geaux’

"Don't Stop Just Geaux." That's the message from Baton Rouge businesswoman and blogger Meredith Waguespack and she's using her massive following on social media to share her positive message. She's also the owner and founder of Shop SFT, where she showcases her southern style with creative clothing celebrating the city of Baton Rouge.

Gambling revenues 'stable,' but increased competition looms large

Gaming Control Board Chairman Ronnie Jones told reporters Monday at the Baton Rouge Press Club that the gambling industry is "fairly stable." But riverboat revenue is growing at a slower pace than in previous years, and Baton Rouge revenue has been down by at least 8 percent each month this year.

LSU applied research center awarded $10 M to help protect small businesses against cyber attacks

LSU's Stephenson Technologies Corporation, or STC, an applied research corporation that provides solutions for the defense and intelligence communities, has received a $10 million award from the U.S. Department of Defense's Air Force Research Laboratory, or AFRL.

What's happening to Third Street?

Some of you are using terms like "almost always empty," "struggling nightlife," and "ghost town" to describe Third Street downtown after the closing, relocation, or re-purposing of a number of downtown bars and restaurants.

  On-demand delivery service Postmates makes Baton Rouge one of its new homes

An on-demand delivery service is calling Baton Rouge home.  Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome made the announcement Wednesday about Postmates out of Silicon Valley.

Gov. Edwards, Shintech announce $1.49B expansion in Plaquemine

A company in south Louisiana announced it is expanding, resulting in more than 100 new direct jobs and nearly 600 new indirect jobs.

Man shows off giant watermelons grown in his garden

A man grew a couple of watermelons that were so impressive that his daughter-in-law contacted us about them. Renee LeBlanc said her father-in-law, Thomas LeBlanc, of Plaquemine, grew the giant summer treats in his garden.

Business sues EBR city-parish over expansion permits

A local business claims the East Baton Rouge City-Parish government is standing in the way of a $20 million expansion. The CEO says the city approved the project in March, but has denied its request for permits. The controversy involves a new ordinance that could impact future growth.

Research firm selected to conduct disparity study in Baton Rouge

A research firm has been selected to conduct a disparity study that will look at whether women, minorities and veterans are being left out of business at City Hall.

It's National Ice Cream Day! Here's where you can get free scoops and cool treats in Baton Rouge

Happy National Ice Cream Day! The sweltering Baton Rouge weather this weekend calls for a cool, frosty treat.

Baton Rouge firm offering 'cobot' rentals to manufacturers

A Baton Rouge engineering firm announced that it's offering collaborative robots to manufacturers.

Gourmet hot dog restaurant set to open in Baton Rouge in November

Construction is set to begin August 1 on Baton Rouge's first Dat Dog location.

Back-to-school spending expected to hit seven year high this year

The back to school season is upon us--and BTS spending is expected to skyrocket this year.

Frontier Airlines to offer direct flights to Orlando, Denver from Lafayette airport

The Lafayette Regional Airport has announced Tuesday another option for travelers flying to and from the Louisiana airport.

Baton Rouge could be getting Louisiana's first Amazon distribution center

An Amazon distribution center could be coming to Baton Rouge.

New, locally-developed app could make flood recovery easier

Louisianans have gotten good at rebuilding, but even experts in resiliency struggle sometimes. Now there's an app that could dramatically change the rebuilding process.

Galatoire's Bistro to close, be replaced by casual restaurant, bar

According to the Advocate, Galatoire's Bistro on Perkins Road in Baton Rouge is closing and will be replaced by an "upscale, casual restaurant and bar."

Cat cafe could be coming to Baton Rouge this fall

According to the Baton Rouge Business Report, at cat cafe is coming to Mid-City this fall.

Bud's Broiler on Nicholson expected to open in early July

The popular New Orleans-based Bud's Broiler chain is known for its known for serving charcoal broiled hamburgers.

Two new car dealerships open in Denham Springs

Residents in Livingston Parish looking for a new car now have another option, or better yet, two new options.

Owner of Tiger Deaux-nuts and Smokin Aces BBQ announces rebrand, merger

Jeff Herman, the owner of Tiger Deaux-nuts and Smokin Aces BBQ, has announced he will rebrand and consolidate his operations to a single location on Government Street.

200+ new apartments coming near downtown Baton Rouge

Volunteers of America has been awarded $5.7 million in Community Development Block Grants to develop 122 new apartments for veterans and their families in Baton Rouge's Spanish Town neighborhood.

Mid-City beer garden plans to break ground this summer

After plans were announced back in 2015, the owners of the proposed Mid-City Beer Garden say they hope to break ground in about a month.

North Baton Rouge business owners team up to fight crime

A handful of business owners in the Scotlandville area met with Baton Rouge Police Monday evening to discuss ways to protect their investments.