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Lake Arthur in the midst of a revitalization

By Brandon Richards- bio | email

LAKE ARTHUR, LA (KPLC-TV) – Lake Arthur finds itself in the middle of a revitalization, especially the downtown area, along the lake front.

Like many communities across Southwest Louisiana, Lake Arthur is still recovering from Hurricane Rita, which struck in 2005.

But today, there are two sounds you're likely to hear in downtown. The first is holiday music blaring from speakers sitting atop a local business. The second is the sound of crews working on what will eventually become the Regatta Restaurant, which will sit atop the middle of Lake Arthur.

"It's going to be about an eight-thousand square foot restaurant and there's going to be a boat dock marina attached to it," said Bryan Lyons, the project's general contractor.  "You're going to be able to come by water or land."

Work started on the project last week and is scheduled to be complete in the summer of 2011, most-likely in May just in time for the annual Lake Arthur sail boat regatta.

When it's finished, the restaurant on the lake won't be the only new business around downtown.

The historic LA Bar recently reopened after being closed for years.

Bar owner Shannon Guillory said business at his establishment has been great.

"All of the people in town have come back in and they're just enjoying it so much," said Guillory.

Guillory also said he is looking forward to the opening of the Regatta Restaurant, which he believes will be a major attraction for downtown.

"That is honestly why I bought [my] place here," said Guillory. "The town needs an upbringing. I mean, it needs to come back to life. It's been down for a while."

Slowly but surely, it appears Lake Arthur is making that comeback.

Not only are there new businesses, but outgoing Mayor Red Giles made it his mission to repair the lake front, including the park and pier area.

It's all inspired residents like Guillory to dream big for Lake Arthur.

"We've got a younger generation coming in and we will bring the city back," he declared.

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