A new year means new projects in downtown Lafayette.
And work is already underway at several buildings as new businesses begin plans to move in.
KATC's Abby Breidenbach was LIVE on GMA with more on the new additions to the downtown scene.
Demolition dumpsters are outside three downtown locations on Jefferson Street in Lafayette. Their presence signaling that work has begun to bring new offerings to area residents and visitors.
Lafayette Downtown Development Authority CEO Anita Begnaud says the projects feature two restaurants and a much anticipated grocery store.
The former Antlers restaurant on Jefferson Street will be re-purposed into another restaurant space. A second space located not too far from that location will also be transformed into a restaurant.
That second space, according to Begnaud, will feature both indoor and outdoor stages to offer another music component to the area.
And demolition is ongoing on the new Handy Stop Market & Cafe.
"It's the grocery store everyone's been dreaming about and hoping for for a long time," says Begnaud. "So we're excited that project is kicking off from a demolition standpoint."
Begnaud adds that all of the locations are expected to be open for business by Festival International in April.