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Tigeralum2008
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Yankees Fan
Member since Apr 2012
10938 posts

re: Is downtown BR going back to a ghost town?
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No reason to pour money into that place. It's barely used now.



That problem falls squarely on the managers of the facility. It is still nice enough to attract midlevel conventions



PiscesTiger
Iowa State Fan
Concrete, WA
Member since Feb 2004
42304 posts

re: Is downtown BR going back to a ghost town?
The zoo would look awesome east of L'auberge. Plenty of space and way more visitors. But that is racist.


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Tigeralum2008
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Yankees Fan
Member since Apr 2012
10938 posts

re: Is downtown BR going back to a ghost town?
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No reason to pour money into that place. It's barely used now.


That problem falls squarely on the managers of the facility. It is still nice enough to attract midlevel conventions


There are EIGHT events listed on the calendar for the rest of this year!!! That's beyond pathetic


The Johnny Lawrence
Member since Sep 2016
683 posts

re: Is downtown BR going back to a ghost town?
As a parent, I can't imagine ever living downtown. I think that is a product of how and where I was raised. I think a bulk of the town probably has similar views, because none of us grew up in a "city." I'm sure downtown is nice as a single person or newly married couple. But I can't imagine having kids downtown. Hell, I can't imagine having kids in Spanishtown, lol.


Also, downtown isn't the center of town. It's on the outskirts of town. Almost the entire town has to drive by multiple bars to get downtown. You get a spike or bump in attendance after the revitalization. But at some point, I think people question why they are driving all the way downtown to go out. That could have been part of the problem- the newness wore off.


While I don't disagree with anyone's opinion that the open container crackdown, etc. played a factor, downtown is just not in a great spot and its tough to completely revitalize it and keep it going.


facher08
LSU Fan
Baton Rouge
Member since Aug 2011
1619 posts

re: Is downtown BR going back to a ghost town?
Apparently downtown is getting a country bar.

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Also, a new country and western bar has plans to take the place of the recently-closed Driftwood Cask & Barrel, DDD Executive Director Davis Rhorer announced at this morning’s DDD Board of Commissioners meeting. Former Overpass Merchant general manager Dustin Malina, who teamed with other area restaurateurs last summer to open The Bengal Tap Room, will be heading the new bar, Squeaky Pete’s, which will have a soft opening around July 4.


BR Business Report


tommy2tone1999
LSU Fan
St. George, LA
Member since Sep 2008
2497 posts

re: Is downtown BR going back to a ghost town?
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You can bet your sweet arse that St George will be Republican across the board. Dems don't have a chance in ST George.


The only shot they'll have is if JBE gets a chance to appoint some once the city is incorporated (before they hold elections)
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wildtigercat93
Kansas Fan
Member since Jul 2011
87918 posts

re: Is downtown BR going back to a ghost town?
I liked driftwood. Not surprised it closed tho


Breauxsif
LSU Fan
Member since May 2012
5649 posts

re: Is downtown BR going back to a ghost town?
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I liked driftwood. Not surprised it closed tho

The new manager did absolutely nothing to market the place.


wildtigercat93
Kansas Fan
Member since Jul 2011
87918 posts

re: Is downtown BR going back to a ghost town?
They never seemed to do enough to make it stand out or attract a crowd

You could walk by that place easily and never see it or notice it was a bar. That weird hotel lobby entrance isn’t helping

Also has a nice stage for music and I don’t think they ever had a band playing when I went in.


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facher08
LSU Fan
Baton Rouge
Member since Aug 2011
1619 posts

re: Is downtown BR going back to a ghost town?
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I liked driftwood. Not surprised it closed tho


I liked it also. The food was pretty good once they finally opened up the kitchen.

Magpie closing was the the lead story on the Ch 2 5pm news. Maybe Nak can get our walking beers back?


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HenryParsons
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Chainsaw City
Member since Aug 2018
440 posts

re: Is downtown BR going back to a ghost town?
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Maybe Nak can get our walking beers back?


If he can't, no one can.


theantiquetiger
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Member since Feb 2005
11319 posts

re: Is downtown BR going back to a ghost town?
WBRZ must have read this thread and ran with it.

Exact topic with a lead in with Magpie closing, and how other shops are closing. Plus reasons why it’s slow down there.


Paul Allen
Notre Dame Fan
Montauk, NY
Member since Nov 2007
56943 posts

re: Is downtown BR going back to a ghost town?
How cheesy was Punchers and that Parrot Beach bar that was on the corner where Canes is now?


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fallguy_1978
LSU Fan
Half mile from St George
Member since Feb 2018
14120 posts

re: Is downtown BR going back to a ghost town?
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WBRZ must have read this thread and ran with it. 

The local news and sports stations definitely read TD


RealityTiger
LSU Fan
Geismar, LA
Member since Jan 2010
15866 posts

re: Is downtown BR going back to a ghost town?
We can have a thread of some funny viral video on this site, and the next day (as sure as the sun rises) they are using that video on their "what's going on around the world" bit.



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BRIllini07
Chicago Cubs Fan
Baton Rouge, LA
Member since Feb 2015
1057 posts

re: Is downtown BR going back to a ghost town?
Open containers has been brought up as a factor, but S&P booting cars in their lots is another change from the “hay day” of downtown. It was pretty well known for easy downtown access you could easily park in the Florida lot for free instead of patrolling the streets for an open slot. Judging by what that lot looked like at night, that’s where the AP/LP types were parking for a night in the city.

Nothing downtown is worth $10 or 4 laps around one way streets, compared to their counterparts across town.

It was a joke when they announced the “free public lots” they had set up under I-110, nine blocks away from the entertainment area.


LSUFootballLover
USA Fan
BR
Member since Oct 2008
2021 posts

re: Is downtown BR going back to a ghost town?
Any chance Kip runs against her next fall? Apparently he will be eligible to run again. He would win going away...


Knucklehead
LSU Fan
Member since Oct 2018
41 posts

re: Is downtown BR going back to a ghost town?
Bring back Kip!


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whoa
New Orleans Saints Fan
New Orleans
Member since Sep 2017
761 posts

re: Is downtown BR going back to a ghost town?
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Nothing downtown is worth $10 or 4 laps around one way streets, compared to their counterparts across town.

This is honestly the reason I never got into going downtown back in my going out days. I would do that in New Orleans but never downtown BR.

The DDD adding all these pedestrian promenades is a giant waste of money.


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BeepNode
The City of Central
Member since Feb 2014
792 posts

re: Is downtown BR going back to a ghost town?
Kip may be a little bitter that he was shite on by SG proponents in-spite of:

1.) Having zero authority/control over the schools or library system

2.) did so much for infrastructure in "St George"

3a.) Avoided major scandals

3b.) Ran good fiscal policy so that EBR had the best credit rating of any political entity in the entire state.

4.) Still managed to revitalize downtown

5.) Usually avoided race politics.





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