Restaurant openings set to boost local economy

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 8:17am

From the beginning of the new year, Shreveport foodies have been celebrating the anticipated opening a new restaurants set to open all over town. From soups and salads to pizza and wine, foodies will have their pick of cuisines to choose from.

As great as all of the new restaurants will be, that's only the only reason locals are celebrating. The new restaurants, and the people needed to staff them, will help to boost the economy.

Shreveport's economy fared better than many during the recent economic slump, staying steady while other's collapsed, but there is always room to grow.

These restaurants will help many of the area's unemployed. When Panera Bread opens on April 17, about 80 people will find themselves back in the workforce. Like many of the restaurants opening around town, Panera Bread doesn't require a bachelor's degree to work there. That is a good sign for many in the area, as in the region, only about 13% of the population has a bachelor's degree.

Shreveport's Mayor Glover thinks all of these restaurants opening are a great thing too, and not just for the food. He thinks that the back that big companies are choosing to set up shop in Shreveport shows that the city is still growing, and it is one of the best places in the country for business.

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