It all started with a snowstorm. Three years and many, many meetings later, the result is a new Italian restaurant in the Warehouse District called Sofia. It will be run by Denver’s Culinary Creative Group and New Orleans’ Billy Blatty, who owns Barcadia and Ohm Lounge.
Billy Blatty is a restaurant owner and entrepreneur based in New Orleans, Louisiana. When not overseeing the everyday operations of his restaurants, Billy Blatty donates his time to local charities such as Covenant House, which gives vital aid to homeless youth in cities around the world.
Helping over 46,000 young people each year, Covenant House has transformed more than 1 million lives in its 40 years of service. Dedicated to assisting homeless, trafficked, and runaway youth, the organization offers sanctuary, immediate aid, and programs that help them build a strong foundation for a better life. Today, there are Covenant Houses in 30 cities in six countries.
Through street outreach, the organization finds homeless youth who may not know where to go, offering them a hot meal, a warm shower, clean clothes, and a place to rest. No matter the time of day, young people are welcome at Covenant House, no questions asked. Long-term support is also a possibility, with vocational training, job placement assistance, and transitional housing available.
An established entrepreneur with a hospitality focus, Billy Blatty guides restaurants in Louisiana, Texas, and Nevada. Among Billy Blatty’s restaurants is Lucky Foo’s in Las Vegas, which features a Japanese-themed menu and items such as charred shishito peppers and braised pork belly ramen.
Originally from China, ramen features noodles in rich, hot broth and has been adapted to Japanese tastes over the centuries. Among the most traditional flavors are shoyu (soy sauce) and shio (salt) ramen.
Shio ramen traditionally incorporates chicken and vegetable stock as well as pork bone. A specialty food in the port city of Hakodate in Hokkaido, shio ramen is known as comfort food for cold days.
Tonkotsu ramen is said to have originated in Kyushu in southern Japan. Pork bones are typically cooked in broth to the point where buttery marrow is the defining flavor. Other ramen dishes available at Lucky Foo’s incorporate short ribs and spicy red miso as well as ingredients such as daikon, egg, cabbage, tofu, shiitake mushrooms, and bamboo shoots.
A skilled entrepreneur, Billy Blatty has opened a number of different establishments throughout the South and Southwest parts of the country. When not work, Billy Blatty enjoys spending time outside, especially in the snow. An expert skier, he has competed in freestyle events and also likes to go backcountry skiing.
One of the biggest issues associated with backcountry skiing is avalanche safety. Before venturing into the backcountry, individuals should complete an avalanche safety course and ensure that they have the essential skills necessary for dealing with an avalanche.
The biggest necessity is an avalanche beacon, which will help officials search for anyone trapped in the snow. Newer beacons have a number of helpful features, but the main thing to think about is ease of use. Individuals should practice using their beacon until it becomes second nature. Some other essential items include a shovel for digging individuals out in the event of an avalanche and a probe, which helps search for people buried in snow.
Before venturing into the backcountry, individuals may want to purchase a backcountry ski pack, which has places for essential avalanche gear. Also, many ski packs now come with avalanche readiness kits.
An entrepreneur with a focus in restaurants and nightclubs, Billy Blatty is the sole owner or partner of nine establishments. Aside from working to build the respective brand of each business, Billy Blatty supports numerous nonprofit organizations, including the New Orleans Mission (NOM).
Created in 1989 to provide people who are homeless with essential services such as food and overnight shelter, NOM is the most prominent faith-based service provider to New Orleans’ homeless population. In its early years, the organization served as many as 80 guests each day at its shelter and had as many as 28,000 supporters. Its support base dropped significantly following Hurricane Katrina, but since 2012 NOM, under new leadership, has expanded its services and is helping more people than ever.
Today, NOM focuses on the three R’s of rescue, recovery, and re-engagement. Its rescue mission includes serving over 250,000 hot meals each year and providing shelter for as many as 230 people. The shelter population is often physically brought in from the street by NOM staff. Furthermore, the organization now provides addiction and mental health services to men and women, while offering a mentor program that focuses on healthy lifestyle choices and the importance of relationships. Finally, NOM helps its shelter residents re-engage in society through vocational volunteer training, transitional housing, and church connections.
A restaurant and nightclub owner and designer, Billy Blatty’s businesses have been featured in The New York Times, Maxim, and Nightclub & Bar Magazine’s Top 100 Bars & Clubs in the United States. A supporter of numerous New Orleans charities, Billy Blatty lends his expertise and financial assistance to Hogs for the Cause, an annual barbecue competition and music festival that raises funds to fight pediatric brain cancer.
In addition to its fundraising efforts, Hogs for the Cause recently partnered with Children’s Hospital to build a multimillion-dollar, two-story, on-campus housing facility for families outside of New Orleans with a child receiving extensive ongoing treatment at the hospital.
Scheduled to open in 2017, the facility will feature 14 private bathroom family suites equipped with flat screen TVs, Wi-Fi, and mini refrigerators. Common areas will include a family lounge on both floors with games and activities for the children, as well as multiple kitchen spaces and a laundry room.
To donate to the Hogs House build, visit https://www.hogsforthecause.org/hogs-house.
An independent entrepreneur in the restaurant industry, Billy Blatty serves as the principal owner and operator of many bars including the acclaimed Barcadia Bars, located in several cities throughout Texas and Louisiana. Apart from his professional endeavors, Billy Blatty also participates in fundraising activities for non-profit organizations. In 2015, he raised over $35,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disease that affects the lungs, causing chronic infection and eventually limiting one’s ability to breathe. The types and severity of the disease’s symptoms can vary from one person to another, and also depend on when the disease was diagnosed. The differences in symptom type and severity thus determine the course of treatment for each patient with cystic fibrosis.
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is a leading institution that has been working to find a cure for cystic fibrosis since 1955. Accredited by the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance program, the Maryland-based organization is donor-funded and not for profit. It aims to achieve its objectives by funding extensive research on cystic fibrosis, providing expert care to patients with the disease through the foundation’s care centers all over the US, and helping patients and their families access medical, educational, and financial resources.