Road work threatens future of just-opened restaurant


Posted on June 24, 2014 at 5:28 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 24 at 5:29 PM

Bill Capo / Eyewitness News
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HARAHAN, La. - Stacy Held stood in her Held's Kitchen restaurant at 1299 Hickory Avenue in Harahan, the place of her dreams, and cried.

"I died on the operating table a long time ago, and I got a little settlement, and all I heard was my dad and brother's dream, saying 'oh if only we had  a sandwich shop,'" Stacy said.

The Hickory Avenue restaurant opened in late March serving plate lunches, po-boys and wraps.
But the very week they opened, the Corps of Engineers dug up a section of Hickory for the Pump To The River project. The detour sign was placed 100 feet before the restaurant, turning away potential customers.

"I'm on foot passing out fliers, to let people know that we are open, and the people that aren't from here, they don't know how to get here" said Stacy.

The lunch crowd on Friday was just one table, and a few people called in delivery orders, but they can't keep the doors open much longer like this.

"We're all family, and I just wish, I wish people would come in and taste our food, because they'd love it, because we cook from the heart," said Stacy.

At Harahan Collectibles next door, owner Keith Raines is thankful for his internet business, because finding his store is a challenge.

"A lot of the customers are actually parking behind the building and walking through the field next door just to get here," said Raines.

The owners of both businesses are just hoping drivers realize they can go around the barricade as far as their parking lot,. For Held's Kitchen, it is absolutely vital to keeping them in business.

The Corps says Hickory might not reopen until August or September, but they will try to add signs directing drivers to the businesses.

"Trying to make a living, trying to fulfill my dreams that I had," said Stacy. "And I just don't want to fail. I refuse to fail."