The New Orleans Culinary and Hospitality Institute (NOCHI) has finally closed on the purchase of the Louisiana Artworks building, a 93,000 square foot art complex in the Warehouse District.
The Lens reported NOCHI closed on the building Friday April 18 for $6.2 million after months of going through a public bid process. Other bidders included coworking and startup incubator Launch Pad and the Civil Rights Museum.
NOCHI is made up of a team of local culinary all stars, including Dickie Brennan, Ti Martin, and John Besh. The group plans to convert the Artworks Building into a culinary incubator, which will include Delgado Community College’s culinary program, a four year culinary degree from the University of New Orleans and an executive chef master’s program through Tulane University
The renovation plans will cost an additional $9 million.