Acadiana Memories of March 7 |
Viva La Waffle opens physical location
Viva La Waffle, the old food truck that closed in 2015, opened at its new physical location near Kaliste Saloom Road on Wednesday, the owners said.
The popular brand opened in the former Dix Daiquiris location, 101 Liberty Ave., said Gus Rezende of Social Entertainment, who bought the building last fall. The restaurant is co-owned and operated by restaurateur Lafayette Collin Cormier and his wife, Jasmyne.
It’s the long road back to the food truck concept, which Cormier says was put on hold when he opened Pop’s Poboys in downtown Lafayette. Since then, he said, his business partners have continued to ask Viva to return with his savory and sweet dishes folded into a crisp Brussels-style waffle.
“They took care of my business, and that’s the one thing they kept saying, ‘You have to see Viva again,’” Cormier said. “It all kind of came together to do this now. It turns out that this thing has had the most rabid cult. It didn’t fade over time, it seems. We always say restaurants have customers, but Viva has rabid fans.
The restaurant will feature several of its most popular items from its food truck days as well as new items including Rosceaux (buttermilk fried chicken with a spicy honey drizzle), Figgy Piggy (local fig jams, prosciutto, goat cheese and arugula) and Caprese (fresh mozzarella, sliced tomatoes, pesto mayonnaise and balsamic fillet).
Other items will include garlic butter waffle fries and cinnamon and sugar sweet potato fries.
The restaurant is still interviewing and hiring employees, Cormier said. About 30 have been hired and 10 more are to be added.
Opening of Chick-Fil-A in Broussard
A Chick-Fil-A will open on Chemin Saint-Nazaire in Broussard, sources confirmed with The Acadiana Advocate.
The popular fast food restaurant will be located across from the former location of Weatherford International, which sources say is being sold to a company that will manufacture personal protective equipment and employ hundreds of people.
It is not known whether the restaurant will be operated by local franchisee John Arton, which has locations at the Acadiana Mall, 3806 Ambassador Caffery Parkway and 3205 Louisiana Ave.
The restaurant will be close to the street. He was planning to move to a location across the street, but was banned due to the location of a lifting cane in the development.
There has been activity on this site and a revolution is expected to take place soon, sources say.
Small Business Boot Camp Bundle
Opportunity Machine has dates for its spring sessions of Small Business Boot Camp every Tuesday that will help entrepreneurs and small business owners learn best practices in running a business.
Sessions will begin on March 16, and attendees will be able to join local industry leaders in virtual discussions about their biggest business hurdles, Opportunity Machine officials announced last week.
Classes start at 5.30 p.m. Participation is free but registration is compulsory. The schedule includes:
- March 16: “Legal Entity Formation Problems” with Kyle Bacon, Blair Suire and Robbie Mahtook of Jones Walker LLP.
- March 23: “Small Business Taxation and Accounting” with Trae O’Pry, Tax Partner at Broussard Poche LLP.
- March 30: “B2B and B2C sales, do you have courage?” with Valerie McGehee, director of the Northwestern Mutual Sales and Research Lab at UL.
- April 6: “The Building Blocks of Business” with Destin Ortego, Executive Director of Opportunity Machine
Opportunity Machine will also soon be offering a marketing series for small business owners focused on branding, marketing strategy, content creation, copywriting, DIY video, graphic design, and media buying. More details will be announced later.
Renovation of apartments in Saint-Martin planned
A New Orleans real estate developer has purchased an apartment complex in Saint-Martinville and is planning a $ 5.6 million renovation of the 40-year-old development.
Gulf Coast Housing Partnership has purchased the Cypress Gardens Apartments, 100 Cypress Gardens Drive, in partnership with The Evangeline Center of Opelousas and will begin renovations that will include new roofs, appliances, flooring and cabinetry in all units, announced. GCHP officials. The plans also call for covered parking, an exercise room and a computer center.
Cypress Grove serves elderly and disabled residents who receive housing assistance payments through the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.
“Cypress Gardens Apartments is a vital source of affordable housing for residents of St. Martinville,” said Kathy Laborde, President and CEO of GCHP. “With the support of our funding partners and the Evangeline Center, we will be able to provide current and future residents with much-needed apartment renovations and new community amenities.
Funding for the transaction and redevelopment is provided by HUD, Regions Bank, Home Bank, Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas, and Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta.
Regions Bank is one of the nation’s largest contributors to financing affordable housing through the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program, providing comprehensive real estate banking and capital markets services to meet needs. in debt and equity of developers and investors. Regions Bank is also a Fannie Mae DUS Multi-Family Affordable Lender and HUD / FHA Affordable Lender.
“Affordable housing is one of the most powerful ways for our bank to make a difference to people and their chances of success,” said Senior Vice President of Regions David Payne. “Our Affordable Housing Regions team is committed to helping provide institutional capital to affordable housing developers across the country. We know that access to affordable housing is something that many people need, which is why we are proud to support the Gulf Coast Housing Partnership and their work to renovate Cypress Gardens.
GCHP selected local firms Ardoin Architecture and Hesnor Contractors Inc. for the project. The work could be completed in the spring of 2022.
Waitr to improve accuracy, delivery speed
Waitr has completed his integration with two systems that he says will improve accuracy and efficiency with some of the nation’s top restaurant brands.
The app-based food ordering and delivery service is now fully integrated with Chowly and ItsCheckmate, which will offer new ways to streamline customer-to-restaurant orders and result in faster delivery times for customers, have announced company officials.
The best catering brands integrated into the new systems include Five Guys, Church’s Chicken, Captain D’s and Dickey’s Barbeque Pit.
These partnerships are the latest in a series of strategic initiatives enabling Waitr to better serve its customers and restaurant partners. Over the past six months, it has introduced table service technology, expanded same-day grocery and liquor delivery service, and launched into several underserved markets including Jennings and Eunice.
The company continues to do increased business during the coronavirus pandemic, reporting third quarter 2020 revenue of $ 52.7 million, its latest earnings report. That total was up 7% from $ 49.2 million in the third quarter of 2019. Net income was also $ 4.6 million, compared to the loss of $ 220.1 million the last year.