Remember when you could get a ribeye for $6.50? Medium rare. Or a stuffed flounder filet for $3.95? Flashback to 1972 and pull up a chair at Don’s Seafood and Steakhouse in Morgan City, at the time a sister restaurant to Don’s downtown in Lafayette. The Landry family was expanding their seafood empire, opening restaurants in Beaumont and Houston. Eventually the family would split up their holdings, and the Texas restaurants would be sold. But circa 1972, the same crawfish bisque, $2.75, made with fresh mudbugs from the family’s “crawfish ranch” in Henderson was appearing on every menu.
A mint condition copy of the old menu is online at the Houston Press. It’s as filled with history as it is with seafood, and well worth a gander.
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.
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.