POSTED: Friday, June 21, 2013 - 5:00pm
UPDATED: Friday, June 21, 2013 - 6:00pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — Business is booming for people downtown and residents say it's about time.
"It's really just an exciting time to be downtown. We saw this opportunity and really couldn't pass it up," said John Delgado, a partial owner in one of Downtown’s newest bars, Huey’s Bar.
Delgado believed the time was right to get in on the Downtown business scene, thanks to some of the major projects coming to the capitol city in the next few years.
"IBM is a big component. but it’s really all the things that have lead up to IBM coming to Baton Rouge that have developed downtown to the point where you can come in here, open up a business and if you do well, provide a good service, you'll be successful," said Delgado.
Huey's Bar is just an example of one of the new businesses popping up all over downtown. Something both business owners and residents said wouldn't have happened just 10 years ago.
“I ran Red Star years ago and I think there were about two bars down here at that time. So now it's pretty interesting to see, I can't even count how many there are," said Gabe Daigle who lives downtown.
"I think 10 years ago we would have said, well it's just not quite ready yet. I don't think 10 years ago the demand for downtown was here."
And people living in the heart of it all say it's about time.
"Downtown is like the heart of the city and I think Baton Rouge has always had potential to be that kind of place so it's just nice to finally see that happen."
In the next few years hundreds of new apartments and condos are expected to be built downtown.