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BATON ROUGE, La. (Office of the Governor) - On Monday, Governor John Bel Edwards announced his appointments to several Louisiana boards and commissions.

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25th April 2016

By Charmaine Jackson
Contributing Writer


The grand opening of the Dryades Community Public Market marks yet another wave of revitalization for Central City's Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard.

Formerly named Jack and Jake's Public Market, under the leadership of CEO John Burns, the market debuted to the public with its new name, new leader, CEO Daniel Esses, along with Mayor Mitch Landrieu, members of the New Orleans City Council, and key leaders and contributors to the market project, during the pasta ribbon-cutting ceremony on April 14.


Dryades Market Ribbon Cutting


Market offers fresh food, grocery staples, prepared foods and beverages


NEW ORLEANS – Today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu joined City officials, The Food Trust, Hope Enterprise Corporation (HOPE) and community members to celebrate the grand opening of the new Dryades Public Market at 1307 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. in Central City. The 32,300 square-foot Dryades Public Market is located in the former Myrtle Banks Elementary School building, which has been completely restored. The project was a recipient of the City’s Fresh Food Retailer Initiative (FFRI), a program designed to increase access to fresh foods in traditionally underserved neighborhoods. The grocery store and prepared foods market anchors a major revitalization project on Central City’s main corridor and brings 45 jobs to the neighborhood.

Central City is far from the pandemonium of Bourbon Street. An area sandwiched between the French Quarter and the Uptown residential neighborhood, its main thoroughfare, Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard, was a thriving shopping and cultural district in the late 19th century and a hub of civil rights activism in the 1960s. But the area eventually became rundown. Now, thanks largely to investments from the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority and resolute entrepreneurs, Central City is re-emerging as a cultural and commercial destination.



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A hot food bar with homemade smothered cabbage and catfish, a meat department with house-made duck rillettes, a seafood case, a raw bar, and a pasta bar featuring handmade spaghetti.

Those are all options shoppers will find at Dryades Public Market, a Central City food emporium that’s bringing a different approach to fresh foods to a part of town that has long been under-served by traditional grocery stores.

The market, located in an historic school at 1307 O.C. Haley Blvd., has technically been open since last year, and it got off to a modest start. Formerly known as Jack & Jake’s Public Market, the development was revamped when well-known local chef Daniel Esses took the helm, creating a new blueprint for a long-awaited food hub in a neighborhood undergoing significant change.


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