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Downtown Welcomes New Businesses
Viking Cooking School Outdoors / Dearman's Riverfront Cafe

The Downtown Development District welcomes Viking Cooking School Outdoors and Dearman's Riverfront Cafe to downtown Baton Rouge. Viking Cooking School Outdoors is now open and located on the Hilton pool deck while Dearman's has located their second restaurant in Baton Rouge inside the first floor of the 19th Judicial District Courthouse. Two other restaurants, Zolia Bistro and Azteca's Mexican Cuisine, are currently under construction and will be opening soon. Downtown currently offers a plethora of excellent dining options and the opening of these restaurants will only add to the caliber of the downtown dining repertoire.
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Viking Cooking School Outdoors
The first of its kind Viking Cooking School Outdoors is now open on the pool deck of the 4 diamond Hilton Hotel. The Viking Cooking School Outdoors brings together the extraordinary reputation of Viking appliances with rich culinary heritage of Louisiana. The Hilton's pool deck overlooking the Mississippi River is the perfect location for the new Viking outdoor grilling experience. In an outdoor pavilion, through engaging demonstrations and intimate hands-on classes ranging from 16 - 30 people, the Viking Cooking School Outdoors will provide a first class atmosphere for those who love to cook, entertain, or just appreciate the pleasure of great food. Classes are themed such as girl's night out, romantic date night, and tailgate cooking competitions.

Reservations can be made online by visiting, emailing or by calling 225-906-5882.

Dearman's Riverfront Cafe
"Dearman's is a classic burger and shake joint in mold of the old tradition. Dearman's cooks up batches of fresh beef patties, grilling them all on a flattop. The burger is ready quickly after you order it, comes out dressed how you like it, and is certainly juicy and messy." -Bite & Booze Blog
Prices range from $5 - $10 and they are open Monday - Friday from 7:30AM - 3PM

Azteca's Mexican Cuisine Coming Soon
Located at 453 Lafayette, Aztecas will serve a full spectrum of Mexican favorites from ribs and fajita platter and grilled lime garlic shrimp, to Santa Fe egg rolls. There are also many choices of burritos, enchilada dinners and chimichangas to select. The restaurant is expected to be completed in December.

Monday - Thursday: 11AM - 9PM
Friday: 11AM - 10PM
Saturday: 5PM - 10PM

Zolia Bistro Coming Soon
Zolia Bistro will be located on the first floor of II City Plaza. Construction is underway and expected to be complete in December.

Repentance Park
Officially Out to Bid

Repentance Park redesign is officially out to bid! Proposed by the Riverfront Master Plan and Plan BR II, Repentance Park is to be reconfigured as a public open space connecting the Municipal Campus, River Center Campus, North Boulevard Town Square, and the Arts & Entertainment District.

A portion of the existing parapet wall at City Hall Plaza will be removed, encouraging pedestrians to move west into a grove of shade trees that pushes out onto the highest terrace of Repentance Park. The highest terrace will feature an interactive water fountain under the shade grove.

The new design will encourage more pedestrian activity in the City Hall Plaza area and Repentance Park with a direct ADA connection to North Boulevard Town Square, the Old State Capitol Grounds and the Shaw Center for the Arts by way of a pedestrian promenade along St. Phillip Street.

The transition down to River Road will be a gradual sloped lawn that will create an amphitheater type space for concerts and other performances. A lit pathway will descend along the southern edge of the site, complete with benches oriented toward the Old State Capitol grounds.
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Neighborhood Winners

Congratulations to our two historic residential neighborhoods! Each was awarded a grant through the City's Baton Rouge Proud Love Your Block program. Spanish Town will use the funds for an Invasive Pest Project - Control or eradicate paper mulberry trees and Beauregard Town will use their funds for an addition to the Beauregarden, the neighborhoods community garden. They will add trellis fixtures for vining plants such as muscadines and blackberries.

For more information on the Downtown Development District, visit our website.

227 Florida St.  |  Baton Rouge, LA 70801  |  (225) 389-5520 Office (225) 389-5523 Fax  |  8:00 a.m. - 5 p.m. M-F

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