Things are looking up for 2021!
A new year means new hope for the future. 2021 looks to be on the up and up for downtown Shreveport. We spoke with Liz Swaine, Executive Director of the Downtown Development Authority, to get the inside scoop at the bright future ahead.
A look back at 2020
Liz reflected on some of the difficulties and successes experienced in downtown.
Good food and good living…
With the hopes of the Coronavirus pandemic might be coming to an end with the release of the vaccine, Liz shares some new and exciting openings that will help make downtown Shreveport a better part of the Ark-La-Tex
Many await the opening of Every Man a King Distillery on Cotton Street but did you know a Modern French restaurant called The Revenir will be a part of the distillery complex? In the Red River District, Fat’s Oyster House hopes to open in early February complimenting Fatty Arbuckle’s Pub. According to Liz, A Cajun fast food restaurant concept will open sometime in 2021. The food truck park at The Lot will return. Late in 2020, downtown welcomed Retro Downtown, Sha’baby’s Cajun Cooking, Next Level 318 and more to the neighborhood. Let’s hope these new eateries add to the rich culinary center that is downtown.
Living in downtown continues to become the next big thing in Shreveport. The Southern Belle Apartments recently opened across from The Strand Theatre. Work continues on the classic Uneeda Biscuit building to renovate it into a 34 new apartment complex. A developer is interested in the Petroleum Tower. There is a possibility of turning that into 80-100 modern apartments. A number of small developments are in the works that include condos, single family homes and more.
New shopping and the return of a downtown favorite…
Although a few shops closed around downtown last year, Liz is hopeful that those empty spaces can be filled this year. One of the most notable shopping destinations coming is the Downtown Art House opening this year in the remodeled Andress Artist & Entrepreneur Center on Crockett Street.
We saw in 2020 the opening of The Lot at the old Sportran terminal. It will return in 2021 with bigger and better plans for local shopping and possibly a new bar. C&C Mercantile relocated from Line Avenue to Texas Avenue and opened an artist’s workspace called ArtiFact. In the Spring, look out for the first of many Downtown Mercantile Markets at C&C.
Many cultural events spaces anticipate that later in 2021, events return to downtown Shreveport. The popular Downtown Shreveport Artwalk returns later this year once the public and artists feel more comfortable with the Covid-19 situation. Art shows and exhibitions start up at the end of January at Artspace and other art galleries plan to show later on. Cross your fingers that Mudbug Madness, Red River Revel and other festivals come back.
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