Site work begins on lot next to Calandro’s in Mid City for possible new business construction

    Workers have removed the red barn and performed site work on the lot next to Calandro’s Supermarket at 4142 Government St. in anticipation of new business construction possibly beginning soon at that location.

    However, Chris Shaheen, a commercial realtor with Saurage Rotenberg Commercial Real Estate who represents property owner Blaise Calandro, says no deal is inked. He does have some parties interested in the site at 4158 Government St. and hopes to sign one in the next 30 days.

    “Hopefully we’ll be making an announcement soon,” Shaheen says.

    Shaheen would not say if Curbside Burgers is one of the interested prospects, nor would he identify the other interested parties. Curbside owner and executive chef Nick Hufft has said he would like to build a brick-and-mortar location on that land to go with his food truck operation.

    “I love Mid City, and Mid City has supported me since day one. I’ve always had my eye on that area for years,” Hufft told Daily Report last December. “Yes, we are looking into that commercial space at 4158 Government, but I don’t have a lease signed or plans finalized.”

    Attempts to reach Hufft by this afternoon’s deadline were unsuccessful.

    Shaheen says another reason workers tore down the barn is because he gets calls everyday from people wanting to rent the barn. Without the barn, whoever signs on for that land can begin construction as soon as possible.

    —Ryan Broussard

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