Can a once rooster fighting ring turn into a successful small music venue in Sunset? Manager Chad Domengeaux seems to think so.
600 stadiums seats, three full rooms and nine acres of property offered ample opportunity. But figuring out what to do with the venue was tough. But a few weeks ago, Chad and his business partner decided a music venue could work. The main goal? Get people in the door to start spreading the word.
"The easiest thing was to bring in some musicians like we're doing with the Louisiana Country Music Unplugged. We're doing two shows, one on July 27 and one on August 10," said Domengeaux.
But it's not just country music.
"Motivational speakers, companies to come in and rent it out, music and breakfast on Saturdays and Sundays, festival. in the back, I had this idea to bring in high school students let them set up on stage and play for their peers," said Domengeaux.
While the rooster fighting of the past will no longer be part of the present, keeping the grounds and interior the same is important for the future.
"We're not gonna do a whole lot in here because he wants to keep it true to what it was." said Domengeaux.
And even the name, La place de Chantecler, is important in keeping in line with the history of the venue.
"Chauntecler was a rooster in an old British chaucer tale and what is more appropriate because of the rooster fighting." said Karen Domengeaux.
Domengeaux hopes the intimacy and variety the old rooster fighting grounds will be un-matched.
1808 Eraste Landry Rd, PO Box 90665,
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