My “investigative journey” to find this potential new hot spot initially steered me toward a business with a similar name in New Orleans. But management of The District in the Big Easy denied any affiliation with an expansion in Lafayette. Thanks to a conversation with my younger sister, the trail warmed up. What if it was an existing business was re-branding itself, she asked? The UL student did what college-age people do best — turned to Facebook for some answers.
She noted that Outlaws Saloon and Dancehall at 4607 Johnston St. had recently closed, and, according to its Facebook status dated April 4: “We are renovating!! Time for a face lift and a few surprises... We will not be opening this weekend and for a few weeks after. You are going to love the changes!!” Other fans of the saloon and dance hall seem to have become anxious for this reopening, as posts from as recent as June 5 are inquiring on when Outlaws will re-open, but no response has been made to the followers.
So I made a trip to the Outlaws construction site, hoping to find an owner or manager. And right in front of my eyes was this building permit for The District. Success. While construction workers were unable to answer any questions, a neighboring business owner reported that she heard plans were for an opening in late June or July.
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