As Downtown Lafayette grows, so does the need for a stronger voice regarding its direction. It’s prompted around 30 of 50 downtown business owners to create the Downtown Lafayette Restaurant and Bar Association.
“We felt the need to come together as business owners to get more organized when it comes to the food and beverage business,” said Gus Rezende, owner of Jefferson Street Pub.
The association will be taking advantage of the many downtown events throughout the year, like Festival International and Downtown Alive and creating others like pub crawls to attract new crowds. This 4th of July there was no fireworks show. Rezende says it was a missed opportunity.
“When it comes to restaurant and bar scene, we need to get together to promote more events,” said Rezende. “I think a 4th of July firework display is something this association is going to embrace.”
Also on the agenda—promoting tourism and addressing on-going criminal activity. With Lafayette’s comprehensive plan approved and in the works, this is coming at the perfect time to open the lines of communication and ideas.
“From the bakery to the late night spots, we want to just work together and try and promote downtown as a whole,” said Rezende.
The Downtown Lafayette Restaurant and Bar Association is a separate entity from the Downtown Development Authority. But, they will be working together as plans progress.