NFPAMA committee approves lease proposal for Bird’s Nest Café
The Lake Vista Community Center may see its first food and drink location in 40 years. The lease proposal for a beverage-focused, family-friendly venue in Lake Vista was approved by the Non-Flood Protection Management Authority’s (NFPAMA) Commerce Real Estate Committee last week.
The committee held its meeting on Friday, March 17 in the second floor Conference Center of the Lakefront Airport Terminal Building, located on 6001 Stars & Stripes Boulevard. Courtney Enderle, general manager of Lola’s restaurant for nine years, said she has always wanted to open a café and that she has been waiting to find the perfect location. Enderle said at the committee meeting that she would open the Bird’s Nest Café with her cousin as her business partner, who also has experience in the service industry.
Enderle would like to locally outsource some of the served food, such as pastries and bagels. She wants to include light lunches with sandwiches that can be heated through a panini press or microwave.
“I am always in the Lake Vista area, and I think there is a desire and a need for this kind of business,” Enderle said.
Enderle said she thinks there is enough business just inside the local community, so she won’t necessarily be bringing in business from outside the area. Commerce Real estate Committee member William Settoon, who said he walks in the Lake Vista area regularly, agrees that Enderle should not anticipate much traffic coming from Robert E. Lee Boulevard.
Tom Long, President of the Lake Vista Crime Prevention District, came to the meeting to speak in favor of the proposed Bird’s Nest Café.
“I think this will be a great desirable entity in the community of Lake Vista,” Long said.
He explained that when the Lake Vista Community Center was first being designed it was meant to be a destination for people and that Lake Vista was initially meant to be a walkable neighborhood in New Orleans. He said he expects this type of retail facility to bring in more walk-in traffic than car traffic, so from the residential standpoint the café would be a nice addition to the neighborhood.
The commerce real estate committee and Enderle discussed tentative business hours, and the committee said that the café could stay open no later than 9 p.m.
“I love the area because it’s very family oriented,” Enderle said. “There are lots of people on foot, exercising, walking their dogs or or pushing strollers. It’s a nice place to live and will be nicer to not have to get in your car and drive to have your morning coffee or afternoon snack.”
Enderle said that the café’s name originates from Lake Vista’s theme of bird named streets and that the venue will be welcome to children, students, and business people alike. Bird’s Nest Café would be located on 6508 Spanish Fort Boulevard.
“I have received wonderful reviews from friends and family in the area and had a great first meeting with some of the Levee board members and hope that will continue.”
The lease proposal for Bird’s Nest Café will go before the Management Authority at their next board meeting on March 30, 2017.