LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - The City Council has approved a zoning change that will allow developers to restore a currently unoccupied downtown building into a multi-vendor dining hall to serve as a family-oriented entertainment venue.
The building is located near the I-10 Ryan Street exit downtown where other public infrastructure improvements were completed.
Developers say the dining hall addition marks another investment in the city’s revitalization efforts for downtown Lake Charles.
Drawing inspirations from food halls like St. Roch Market in New Orleans, The Pizitz Food Hall in Birmingham, Cultivation Food Hall in Jackson, and the White Star Market in Baton Rouge, the food hall plans on embracing nationwide trends in dining culture and providing a venue where patrons can enjoy a wide array of affordable cultural cuisines as well as a venue for entertainment and opportunities for socializing, according to developers.
The Lake Charles food hall plans to feature approximately 20 food vendors, fresh produce, and an area designated for live entertainment to showcase local artists.
In addition to gearing its design towards local families the dining hall also hopes to attract tourists who pass the Ryan Street exit on I-10.
The groundbreaking on this project is set to begin July of 2019.