LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY)- If you have driven through downtown Lafayette recently, you will see the continued development of this urban district. Rock'n'Bowl de La Lafayette has been helping fuel that revitalization.
It's been 13 years in the making. Owner Johnny Blancher took a chance on building the second Rock'n'Bowl location in Lafayette and it has payed off.
The original bowling alley/live music venue location is in New Orleans.
"We have lots of foot traffic, more than I expected," Blancher said. "We have people come visit who had not been downtown in 20 years."
Blancher said cities across the country contacted him looking for a new Rock'n'Bowl location in their neck of the woods. But he said Lafayette rose to the top of the list.
"Lafayette was the best spot," he said. "We fell in love with the area. Culturally, it was the best fit."
Lafayette City-Mayor President Joel Robideaux said Rock-n'Bowl launched a movement for new development along Jefferson Street with the opening of Spoonbill Watering Hole & Restaurant and old federal courthouse set to be redeveloped.
"Johnny and he crew had at lot to do with that," Robideaux said.
"When steel went up, permits were filed for other lots in the area," Blanchard. People were saying its going to happen."
Blancher said eventually there may be plans to expand Rock'n'Bowl to other other cities outside of Louisiana.