7000 Bluebonnet Blvd http://www.renaissancebatonrouge.com/
From the ruins of Jimmy Swaggart, a phoenix has finally risen. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Baton
Rouge’s favorite hometown televangelist—Jimmy had a thriving congregation and Bible College until two
prostitution scandals in 1988 and 1991 significantly slowed the growth of his Assemblies of God Church.
Basically Swaggart got caught driving his Cadillac down the Airline Highway to Heaven on his way to an hourly
motel. After the scandals, enrollment dwindled and a high-rise student dormitory was left unfinished. It always
reminded DBG of some half-erected Eastern Bloc office building left to decay after a people’s revolution.

After more than 20 years, the Renaissance hotel renovated the space—and it is an extraordinary show stopper.
The Tallulah Crafted Food and Wine Bar is a smartly decorated posh space, featuring about 30 wines by the
glass. This is possible because of special pressurization chambers that keep each bottle fresh for up to 30 days.
DBG’s Italian Chorizo Sausage appetizer had a great smoky flavor and her Protector’s Forager Burger was
cooked to order and hit the spot.

DBG can’t wait to go back in the summer and sit at the outdoor pool bar. It is black marble and backlit by fire
spouting from a large fountain.