Commercial Development on the Lakefront

Chef Duke LoCicero, owner of Café Giovanni in the French Quarter, is building, Duke’s on the Basin, a new waterfront seafood restaurant and fish market that will open by June 2012.

Once bustling with family-friendly seafood restaurants, the lakefront has been slow to recover from Hurricane Katrina and this restaurant will be one of the first new commercial buildings to be constructed in the Lakefront area since Hurricane Katrina damaged properties there.

According to the Times-Pic, It took two years for LoCicero’s partners, Jack Panno and Nick Asprodites, to secure the 50-year lease with the Orleans Levee District. Though the final permits are still pending, construction on the 4,000-square-foot restaurant and 375-foot fuel dock is set to begin in the next few months.

Duke’s on the Basin will include a seafood restaurant, an open-air fish market, a boating store and a fuel dock. The restaurant will be elevated 18 feet and its windows will be able to stand 130 mph winds. The kitchen will be “on wheels,” LoCicero said, making it easy to evacuate the appliances quickly in case of an evacuation.

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