In March Hotel Acadiana will begin a project that by year's end will have the 1801 W. Pinhook Road property flying a new, upscale flag. "We will be a Crowne Plaza after we are finished," says General Manager Mark Arnold. "We will be the second Crowne Plaza in the state."
The Astor-Crowne Plaza on Canal Street in New Orleans is Louisiana's lone Crowne Plaza hotel, a high-end brand by Holiday Inn.
Arnold could not yet put a dollar figure on the cost of the project but says it will be extensive. "It's going to be a complete renovation," he says.
Pick up March's Acadiana Business, out now in the Feb. 27 issue of The Independent Weekly, for a full report on the state of the local hotel industry - including plans for new projects and how new competition is driving improvements at existing properties like the 27-year-old Hotel Acadiana.
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.
Philip deMahy Sr., a once respected New Iberia ad exec, was sentenced May 2 to spend the next two years (he faced up to 100 years) in a state penitentiary after state and federal investigators found dozens of images depicting children engaged in lewd sexual acts on his personal computer.