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Metairie’s Tiffin Inn Pancake House closing after 38 years because landlord declined to renew its lease

Advocate staff photo by Ramon Antonio Vargas -- Diners enjoy meals at the Tiffin Inn on Monday, May 25, 2015. It will close on Sunday. The 40-year-old restaurant's owner said the landlord opted against renewing the lease, and multiple employees said it was to make room for a Home Goods.

A line of people were waiting to eat brunch at his packed restaurant late Monday morning, but Tiffin Inn Pancake House owner Saleem Sabagh hung his head and frowned in his office in the back. That’s because, after nearly 40 years of operating at 6601 Veterans Memorial Blvd. in Metairie, Sabagh will have to… Continue reading →

People in Business for May 24, 2015

Martin Stott Jr., Lane Nursing Home at Lane Regional Medical Center

Chris Bucher has joined Whitney Bank as a senior vice president leading its equipment financing division. Bucher was national sales manager for Regions Equipment Finance Corp. and previously head of Hibernia National Bank’s equipment finance services.… Continue reading →

Business Honors for May 24, 2015


George ‘Geordy‘ Patton Waters Jr., co-owner of Waters and Pettit Commercial Real Estate in Baton Rouge, has earned the Certified Property Manager designation from the Institute of Real Estate Management.… Continue reading →

Business Briefs for May 24, 2015

The Southern University College of Business is hosting its second annual Advancing Leadership in Economic Development conference on June 11-13. The conference is being held by the EDA University Center in Room 313 of the College of Business’ T.T. Allain Hall on Southern’s campus. The conference… Continue reading →

U.S. oil and natural gas rig count drops by 3; Louisiana down 4

Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by three this week to 885. Houston-based Baker Hughes said Friday that 659 rigs were seeking oil and 222 explored for natural gas. Four were listed as miscellaneous. A year ago, 1,857… Continue reading →

Corps holding area meetings on deepening Mississippi River ship channel

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- A push boat and barge head down the Mississippi River under the I-10 bridge. Photo shot on Wednesday Nov. 7, 2012, in Baton Rouge, La.

Meetings are planned in the New Orleans area and Baton Rouge to get public comments on a plan to deepen the Mississippi River’s ship channel to 50 feet from the Gulf of Mexico to Baton Rouge. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District, is evaluating the environmental and economic impacts of deepening the channel-draft… Continue reading →

New Orleans ranks 47th in energy efficiency

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- French Quarter riverfront and skyline. File photos of aerials of New Orleans area and landmarks shot July 23, 2013.

New Orleans ranked No. 47 of 51 major U.S. cities in terms of energy efficiency, according to the second edition of the City Energy Efficiency Scorecard. The scorecard, released by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, ranks cities in five key areas: government operations, community initiatives, buildings, utilities and transportation. Boston was the most energy-efficient… Continue reading →

Daybrook fishery companies negotiate deal with Oceana US Holdings

Daybrook Holdings Inc. and Daybrook Fisheries Inc. in Empire have negotiated the sell of their Louisiana-based plant-processing operations and a 25 percent stake in Westbank LLC, its related marine fishing operations, in a stock purchase and merger with Oceana US Holdings Inc. The primary shareholders in the current business will retain 75 percent of Westbank. Daybrook will… Continue reading →

Focus on higher ed funding from lawmakers causes health care industry to take fall, business lobbies on defensive for tax breaks and subsidies

Advocate Photo by MARK BALLARD -- Stephen Waguespack, head of the powerful Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, was a guest last week on The Clarence Buggs Show, at Talk 107.3 FM.

Louisiana’s business community has won legislative battle after legislative battle during Gov. Bobby Jindal’s seven-plus years in office. But business lobbies have been on the defensive this year as lawmakers propose to plug Louisiana’s massive $1.6 billion budget deficit by taking away hundreds of millions of dollars in tax breaks and subsidies given to companies over… Continue reading →

Business Briefs for May 17, 2015

Tony Simmons, chief executive officer and fifth-generation member of Tabasco-maker McIlhenny Co. at Avery Island, will be the guest speaker for a May 22 Tulane Family Business Center forum. It will be held from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Kendall Cram Lecture Hall, Lavin… Continue reading →

Business Honors for May 17, 2015

Dr. Gustavo Coutin

Dr. Gustavo Coutin, of New Orleans, was named by the Louisiana Dental Association as a member of the 2014 class of LDA Stars to acknowledge his contributions and leadership to the organization. Coutin was cited primarily for his volunteer time, skills and expertise he used in serving the association as chairman of the… Continue reading →

State Investors Bank profit falls in first quarter of 2015

Metairie-based State Investors Bancorp Inc., the holding company of State-Investors Bank, reported its first-quarter earnings skidded to $42,000, or 2 cents per share, from $229,000, or 9 cents per share, a year ago. A $483,000 increase in professional fees accounted for most of the decrease in profits. State Investors partially offset those fees with a $190,000 increase… Continue reading →

Overall number of U.S. oil rigs drops by 6; but Louisiana gains 3

Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by six this week to 888. Houston-based Baker Hughes said Friday that 660 rigs were seeking oil and 223 explored for natural gas. Five were listed as miscellaneous. A year ago, 1,861… Continue reading →

Louisiana-based Blue Bell operations looking to avoid closures, big layoffs

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS --  Shelves are empty last month where employees took all Blue Bell products off the shelves at Matherne's Supermarket. The Texas ice cream company issued a voluntary recall for all its products.

Blue Bell distribution centers in Louisiana appear to have survived closures that will result in a layoff of a third of the ice cream maker’s workers after listeria concerns halted its ice cream production. The company also is imposing cost-cutting measures, including partial furloughs and salary reductions. An online search for Blue Bell shows its has… Continue reading →

Initial unemployment claims rise in Louisiana

The state labor department says first-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending May 9 increased to 2,838 from the previous week’s total of 2,498. For the comparable week a year earlier, there were 2,209 initial claims, officials said Friday. The four-week moving average, a less volatile measure, decreased to 2,716 from the… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge, New Orleans law firms, others agree to $4.9 million Stanford settlement

Prominent law firms in Baton Rouge and New Orleans and other individuals have agreed to pay a combined total of $4.9 million to end civil claims for $1.8 billion stolen from investors by former Houston promoter Robert Allen Stanford. A lawsuit by a court-appointed receiver and an investors committee claimed the loss was caused by the wrongful… Continue reading →

Coastal customers of state-backed insurer could see homeowner jump rise 10%

More than 65,000 homeowners in Orleans, Jefferson and other coastal parishes covered by the state’s insurer of last resort could see their rates jump 10 percent after Aug. 16. Under state law, Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corp. must charge 10 percent more than private insurance companies. However, the state Legislature passed a separate law that exempted a… Continue reading →

Entergy to test solar power project in New Orleans

Entergy New Orleans is planning a solar project that harnesses the power of the sun and stores it in batteries. The 1 megawatt project, which will be built on company property off Chef Menteur Highway, will consist of more than 4,000 solar panels. The pilot project is estimated to be in service by late 2016.… Continue reading →

State income tax filing deadline Friday

The deadline for filing 2014 Louisiana individual income tax returns is Friday. Taxpayers needing more time to prepare their returns must submit an extension request by the filing deadline to avoid late-filing penalties. The Louisiana Department of Revenue recommends electronic filing for taxpayers for the fastest, most error-free tax return and refund processing. Visit for… Continue reading →

Waggaman ammonia plant 75 percent done

Three-quarters of an $850 million ammonia plant in Waggaman has been completed and the project remains on track to begin operating in the third quarter of 2016. The plant will use natural gas to make ammonia-based fertilizer, and gas prices are currently lower than anticipated. Australian explosives and chemical maker Incitec Pivot Ltd released the… Continue reading →

Corporations turn to drones to help reduce accidents; Dow Chemical lists Baton Rouge with its chief pilot

Photo provided by Total Safety -- Total Safety plans to use drones to inspect flare stacks, the disposal systems where gas from manufacturing or production processes is burned. Total's Lafayette office will oversee the drone flare inspection program, which will be safer than direct inspections by workers. Flares can be several hundred feet tall. Discharge temperatures can be more than 2,000 degrees. Inspecting the flares usually requires shutting down a process for hours or days. But the drones will allow Total to inspect the flares while they are operating.

Anyone who’s seen the devastating footage from post-earthquake Nepal knows drones have already altered the way films and videos are shot. But the technology may soon transform a much less glamorous industry: safety. About 250 companies have received Federal Aviation Administration permission to use drones commercially. Dow Chemical, insurance giants State Farm and… Continue reading →

People in Business for May 10, 2015

Dr. Steven Feigley, Foundation for Woman

BATON ROUGE AREA Dr. Steven Feigley has been elected chairman for the Foundation for Woman’s first board of trustees. The foundation’s purpose is to raise and manage private support for Woman’s Hospital. Other members are Robert “Bob” Greer Jr., Woman’s Hospital Foundation board representative; Teri Fontenot, Woman’s Hospital president… Continue reading →

Business Honors for May 10, 2015

Gwen Hamilton

BATON ROUGE AREA Educational consultant Gwen Hamilton has been presented the Champion of Student Success award from City Year, a national educational organization. The award is presented to those who “have generated transformative impact” for the schools and students City Year serves. Hamilton served on the… Continue reading →

Business Briefs for May 10, 2015

A nonprofit and the state Department of Health and Hospitals have launched an online survey to measure consumer awareness of health information technology tools and patients’ rights to access personal health information. The survey is a key factor in a collaborative effort by the Louisiana Health… Continue reading →

U.S. oil and natural gas rig count drops by 11; Louisiana down 3

Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by 11 this week to 894. Houston-based Baker Hughes said Friday that 668 rigs were seeking oil and 221 explored for natural gas. Five were listed as miscellaneous. A year ago, with… Continue reading →

Fat City Diner holding grand opening in Metairie

Fat City Diner is holding a grand opening from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday at 3220 Edenborn Ave. in Metairie. The opening was announced by Fat City Friends Inc., a nonprofit corporation organized to support the revitalization of the Fat City community through projects such as a public mural program as well as holiday lighting… Continue reading →

Covington-based Globalstar’s loss narrows

Globalstar, the Covington satellite telephone services provider, reported a first-quarter loss of $129.7 million, or 13 cents per diluted share, compared with a $250.5 million loss, or 29 cents per share, the year before. The company’s adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization were $3.1 million for the quarter, compared with $3.8 million… Continue reading →