Shreveport-Bossier Travel Magazine Culinary Issue - Page 4

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BY SHALISA ROLAND
Bossier City ’ s East Bank District & Plaza is an up-and-coming entertainment and arts district that offers both family-friendly activities and nightlife experiences . This entertainment district is a popular hangout for locals and visitors , as well as a location for annual festivals . Not to mention , it ’ s a quick journey to Louisiana Boardwalk Outlets , Horseshoe Bossier City Hotel & Casino , Margaritaville Resort Casino , and downtown Shreveport .
The district is lined with restaurants , a local brewery , art gallery , and bars . One corner of the district thrived relentlessly , distinctively and honorably during America ’ s historic shutdown .
“ When I got news about the shutdown , my first thought was how am I going to support my employees ? What about their families ?” said Doug Rogers , owner of Bayou Axe Throwing Company . “ Even when everything seemed bleak , thinking of creative ways to support my employees anchored me to finding a solution . After that , our entire chain of establishments refurbished our focus and prioritized family , internally and externally .”
Doug Rogers , Beaux Hays , and Aaron “ Peanut ” Hanning are just a few of the many members of the friendly coined , “ East Bank Mafia ”. These restaurateurs and hospitality bosses are a chain of friends and business owners with this catchy name that derives from their tight-knit relationships . When the pandemic struck , they
Pictured above ( left to right ): Doug Rogers , Aaron “ Peanut ” Hanning and Beaux Hays . Photographed by Kyle Johnson at Frozen Pirogue .

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