Food courts aren't just for malls anymore in New Orleans, as construction on Roux Carré — a multi-ethnic food court located in Central City — begins October 30.
A project of Good Work Network, Roux Carré is an outdoor food court focusing on African-American, Caribbean and Latin American traditions with culinary offerings and performances. The space will be located at 2000 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., and feature six enclosed vendor stalls, a commercial kitchen, covered outdoor seating, a cooking demonstration area and a performance stage.
"We're excited to restore this area of Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. to commerce while incubating emerging food entrepreneurs," said Phyllis Cassidy, Executive Director of Good Work Network in a release. "We believe this project is a reflection of our diverse community, and we're anxious to get started."
The food court seeks to promote community development by providing a low-cost, low-overhead means of market entry for aspiring food service businesses, with a special focus on minority and women-owned businesses.
The food court's launch party begins at 4 p.m. on October 30 with a groundbreaking ceremony. The ceremony will be followed by a celebration with food from top applicants for Roux Carré vendor spots.