Downtown Shreveport getting new eatery

Multiple projects, including apartments, nearing completion
Published: Feb. 6, 2023 at 11:48 AM CST|Updated: Feb. 7, 2023 at 4:19 AM CST
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - A new restaurant is opening in downtown Shreveport!

The Glass Hat is on the corner of Crockett at Marshall streets, directly across from Shreve Station.

The Glass Hat
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The restaurant will serve both breakfast and lunch. It’s just one of the major business and residential projects nearing completion in downtown Shreveport. An apartment complex also is under construction.

Longtime Downtown Development Director Liz Swaine said a number of vacant buildings downtown are getting very impressive makeovers.

“We’ve tried to position downtown as a place where people not only want to live, but work and have their business.”

These projects, like the apartment complex on Marshall Street, have been in the works for several years, she said.

“It helps us all not only downtown but the city of Shreveport and our region,” Swaine said. “... These are renovated and become these wonderful functioning businesses; it helps us all. People are employed, taxes are paid, people have places to go, it increases vibrancy and foot traffic.”

John Cush, owns and is the developer of several apartment buildings downtown. He says all of his apartments are already under contract in a building that isn’t even finished yet.

“Not only are there restaurants and venues of live music, and all that are coming back downtown, but there’s actually people living here and liking it.”

A number of these businesses will be opening over the next few months, starting with The Glass Hat café opening in early March.