A temporary Taco Mama truck (equipped with a generator) is operating in a vacant lot on the 500 block of Jefferson Street downtown for lunch Monday through Friday. Once the city runs electricity to the lot, the regular, more colorful Taco Mama truck, which for the last several months has operated in the old La Promenade Mall lot on Johnston Street, will move into its place. Taco Mama will continue to serve on Saturdays at the Johnston Street location.
Mobile food vending is a trend that has proven itself to be beneficial to everybody. The owner can start up a company based out of a truck for peanuts compared to a traditional brick-and-mortar restaurant and the public can find the truck of their choice easily with social networking as a map.
Shannon Wilkerson, owner of college staple hangout The Bulldog and former Lafayette nightclub impresario, owns the food truck called Taco Mama that has been gaining followers and praise for the past several months. As of this week, Wilkerson is setting up shop on the 500 block of Jefferson Street in downtown Lafayette, in fact a few steps away from our paper's front door.
Anyone who has been downtown more than twice in the last five years remembers the sign advertising future condos being built in the lot between Cajun Spice and Parc du Lafayette (that is the tiny, picturesque park with benches and a gazebo — did you know it had a name?). This is where Wilkerson will be offering up his Mexican fare for the forseeable future.
Curious about food trucks, how they work and what it takes to find one or start one up yourself? Check out Wednesday's Independent Weekly cover story to learn about all that and who is driving around Acadiana offering up food these days.
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Lawmakers and Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration shared a collective sigh of relief with the news that Louisiana's tax amnesty program brought in the $200 million that they used to help balance this year's budget.
by Brett Martel, AP Sports Writer
DEC 8 - Maybe that wasn't such a good idea, after all. This post on the Louisiana Oil & Gas Association's site says we're looking at oil prices that are tanking because there's so much oil coming out of the Gulf. Some are even predicting a glut. What's likely to be the result? Lower gas prices, higher refinery profits, and more pressure on the feds to loosen export restrictions.
DEC 8 Here's the latest from blogger Robert Mann, and it's on one of his favorite topics: Bobby Jindal. He's taking a look at Jindal's record and his current maneuvering, which of course is a ploy to position him for a run for the White House. "America Next," Jindal's current big idea, is just as vague about what it is proposing as Jindal usually is, Mann says. And it won't protect him from his "unimaginative record," as Mann describes it.
DEC 8 - Don't know what that is? Then run on over to LaPolitics and read this post by Jeremy Alford, which serves as a history lesson about the famed tonic and it's purveyor, Dudley LeBlanc. It's really a fascinating story and Alford's description of Dudley as an "icon of Louisiana politics and culture" is not an exaggeration.
DEC 8 In this editorial, the Picayune again urges Gov. Jindal to take the Medicaid money. But the piece's exhortation that Jindal "be sensible" is a little misplaced, isn't it? Because Jindal's not being stupid -- well, maybe he is -- but he's following orders from people he believes can get him into the White House. This editorial is engaging in the argument that Jindal is publicly making, without acknowledging what his true motivations are. Somebody send these guys a clue.
DEC 8 Columnist Mark Ballard is writing about the impact of Vance McAllister's defeat of Neil Riser in this post. He starts out talking about how McAllister's more reasonable approach was more attractive to voters than was Riser's hard-line (tea-party-ish) rants. Dan Claitor, a state lege from BR who is expected to run for Congress soon, expressed it best when he said voters aren't looking for candidates who are "throwing temper tantrums when they can't get their way."
DEC 8 It's always gratifying when a Louisiana son makes international headlines. And our son, David "former KKK grand poobah" Duke is back in the news, making us all proud. This (UK) Telegraph story, unearthed by the Dead Pelican, tells us that Duke has been expelled from Italy but is trying to return. The Italians say he is trying to "establish a pan-European, extremist neo-Nazi group in northern Italy." Huh. You don't say.
DEC 9 This is a kind of puzzling post from columnist Jim Beam, in which he discusses a recent appearance by former Gov. Edwin Edwards in Lake Charles. He said he's surprised by EWE's "grasp of current events." Did Jim never meet Slick Eddie? He's no dummy, and for Beam to assume he is -- well, given he covered the man for 50 years, that's the surprise.
DEC 9 A "suspicious package" shut down part of Zachary Sunday, WAFB tells us in this post. The package, which eventually was "rendered safe" (bomb squad lingo for blown up) was found in a storage unit that someone quit paying on. Other cop gear was found in the unit, so it is possible the thing was a training tool, police say. But they leave out the best part: who bought it? Barry, Jarrod or Darrell?
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