Driving down Louisiana Ave. this evening, you may see a group of people camped out in the parking lot of a fast food restaurant, possibly playing games with a man dressed up as a chicken. You’re eyes won’t be deceiving you. This is what happens when Chick-fil-A opens a new stand-alone restaurant location. Chick-fil-A’s newest restaurant opens in Lafayette tomorrow, at 3205 Louisiana Ave. near the I-10 intersection. As has become tradition for Chick-fil-A grand openings, the restaurant will be giving away $26,000 in free Chick-fil-A food to the first 100 adults in line tomorrow morning. The Atlanta-based chain has been running its First 100 Fans promotion since 2003, when it marked the opening of the first stand-alone Chick-fil-A restaurant in Arizona. The line can begin forming up to 24 hrs. prior to the opening, and Chick-fil-A patrons have been known to drive across state lines to camp out for the events, which turn into all-night tailgate parties. The prizes - one year supplies of free Chick-fil-A meals (52 coupons) - will be awarded to the first 100 adults, age 18 and older with identifcation, beginning at 6 a.m. The new Chick-fil-A restaurant marks the third franchise location for local operator John Arton. He is one of only nine Chick-fil-A franchisees nationwide to mangage as many locations.
Is it a crime for citizens to photograph, video, or take notes of a police officer in the line of duty, or a right protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution? Locally, such activity, as witnessed recently, will at the very least result in a night spent behind bars.
David Calhoun and Elizabeth “EB” Brooks are the first two employees of Lafayette Central Park Inc., the nonprofit charged with turning Lafayette Consolidated Government’s 100-acre Johnston Street Horse Farm property into a passive public park. Calhoun was named executive director, and Brooks is director of planning and design.
Episcopal School of Acadiana’s Dr. Joshua Caffery, chair of the school’s English Department, is headed to Washington, D.C., and the Library of Congress as the latest winner of the Alan Lomax Fellowship in Folklife Studies.