OUT TO LUNCH finds Baton Rouge Business Report Editor Stephanie Riegel combining her hard news journalist skills and food background: conducting business over lunch. Baton Rouge has long had a storied history of politics being conducted over meals, now the Capital Region has an equivalent culinary home for business: Mansur’s. Each week Stephanie holds court over lunch at Mansur’s and invites members of the Baton Rouge business community to join her. You can also hear the show on WRKF 89.3FM.
There’s a lot of cool stuff going on in Baton Rouge. From the redevelopment of neighborhoods downtown and in Mid City to the young entrepreneurial culture that is fostering startup companies willing to take risk and take advantage of new technologies.
Gerald Drefahl's company, Kinesics, is a homegrown, biotech start up that licenses a software program that analyzes the physical mobility of athletes, workers and other users and then gives predictive analytics into their health. In other words, the program is designed to determine whether someone could get injured before it happens, essentially serving as a risk management product.
Dyke Nelson is the developer and architect of the building where Kinesics recently opened its corporate offices - 440 on Third - and, is currently in the process of developing 1509 Government—the long abandoned former Entergy site on Government Street that, when Dyke is finished with it, will house apartments, restaurants, retail tenants and – it is hoped – be a catalyst for redevelopment in the area between downtown and mid city known as Downtown East.