Pinhook road is heating up into Lafayette’s fine dining ground zero. Jolie’s Louisiana Bistro will join restaurant meccas Cafe Vermilionville, Blue Dog, Zeus, Ruth’s Chris and Catahoula’s Steakhouse in the oak-shaded stretch between University and the Bayou Vermilion bridge. Steve Santillo, managing partner at Blue Dog was making way for painters this morning at 507 Pinhook, a building that has housed bars, restaurants and clubs in its past, most notably the original location of Ruth’s Chris. “This building is brilliant,” he says. “It’s got a huge kitchen, plaster walls, a pressed tin ceiling and will have a mahogany and white marble bar, with a George Rodrigues painting of Jolie Blonde hanging over it.”
The menu Santillo envisions is very different from the Cajun-based dishes at Blue Dog. Jolie’s Bistro will serve old school New Orleans cooking - haute Creole, jazzed up with an infusion of nouvelle ideas. The bistro will have Crescent City classics like barbecued shrimp, oysters Rockefeller and Bienville and turtle soup on the menu. The nouvelle element is up to the restaurant’s still to-be-named chef. “We’re looking for the perfect chef,” says Santillo. He, his wife Suzi, and partners Jacques and Andre Rodrigues, hope to have the restaurant open by the end of October, but say they aren’t rushing. Quality is more important than meeting an arbitrary deadline, says Santillo. “We won’t open until we’re ready.”
(pictured: George Rodrigues has lent his iconic painting for commercial purposes such as Jolie Blonde Beer, briefly brewed in Breaux Bridge, and now for Jolie's Louisiana Bistro.)
Frank’s Casing Crew, now doing business as Frank’s International, will make its final appearance on ABiz’s list of the Top 50 Privately Held Companies in Acadiana this year, and once again, it will likely be at the top with more than $1 billion in annual revenues. The 75-year-old company specializing in tubular fabrication and installation services to the oil and gas industry plans to go public this year.
The defeat, or rather highjacking of House Bill 420 in the final days of this year's Legislative Session, say Reps. Vincent Pierre and Terry Landry, is the result of the propaganda spread by one unidentified local media outlet and an unnamed former state Representative, but nothing to do with the original legislation's lack of checks, balances or details.
He’s a singer. A songwriter. A piano man. A family man. He’s even got his own Wikipedia entry. He’s David Egan. And he knows ancient secrets about the monolithic stones of Stonehenge that he’s not willing to share.