Happy birthday, French 25

This week marks the first birthday of French 25, the Cajun restaurant in the downtown redevelopment area.

The news is that there’s no news, really; managers at the restaurant say business is good. The stigma of a subsidized and exclusive Paragary’s, which Randy Paragary didn’t deserve, is off the place.

A tidbit: Last week in honor of the Asparagus Festival the restaurant created a chocolate asparagus cake.

The only disappointment, if you want to call it that, is that owner Bruce Davies changed his mind about opening up the upstairs terrace for daily dining (it is rentable for events and banquets).

“We couldn’t get the quality up there,” he told me months ago.

The implications to redevelopment are heartening. Redevelopment projects don’t have to be dismal money holes. Good businesses can bring people downtown (see item, below).

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