He has prepared culinary dishes for Queen Elizabeth, Princess Ann, President Carter, Senator Ted Kennedy, Clint Eastwood, Omar Shariff, Sophia Loren, Senator Jack Kemp, Lee Meriwether and Tommy Lasorda. He is Chef Andrea Apuzzo, owner of Andrea's restaurant and voted One of America’s Finest Restaurants & Outstanding Chefs by Chefs in America. But he is also a real estate investor.
Recently Chef Andrea hired Louisiana Commercial Realty to manage leasing for his nearby office building, which is one of the few incubator office spaces available in Metairie, Louisiana. The office building is designed for start-ups and sole proprietorships with 1 or 2 employees, and offers full service amenities and plenty of free parking.
Chef Andrea reached out to Louisiana Commercial Realty to market the office building and find the right tenants to lease several vacant offices. The offices had been vacant for a long time because another real estate firm had been unsuccessful in finding tenants.
Louisiana Commercial's broker Robert Hand explained, "Our firm negotiated the largest office lease in New Orleans, and we take pride in offering a high level of service to big and small office landlords. Size does not matter. This building is a smaller facility, but there is a real need for start-up companies to have office space with free parking in an easy-to-get-to location. So we designed a marketing plan to attract new companies and entrepreneurs who need an affordable office in a great location. In just a few days, we had interest in leasing half the available offices."
Located near Lakeside Mall, the Ridgelake Drive office building offers entrepreneurs the lowest office rates in New Orleans and Metairie, and choices of office layouts from 225 to 750 square feet. Included in the rent are all utilities as well as janitorial services and availability 24/7 without any extra charges.
Commercial broker Hand says, "If you are a small business owner you work hard, often nights and weekends. But every office tower in Metairie and downtown will charge you extra for air conditioning after hours. And it's expensive, sometimes $200 per hour. We think entrepreneurs need a break and when they have an office in Chef Andrea's building, there is no extra charge for air conditioning. It's the right thing to do."
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