Viva la Waffle is the brand spankin’ new food truck rolling through Lafayette offering up sandwiches, desserts and more all conveyed through the spirit of waffles. Colin Cormier, chef and one half of the ownership and brains behind the mobile enterprise, was home on Saturday when the worst happened. It was about 2 p.m. and Viva la Waffle was about to roll out to the grand opening of Genterie in downtown Lafayette. “I had been in it five minutes previous,” he says, “when my doorbells started to go crazy and it was my neighbor telling me my truck was on fire.” Cormier says he owes a huge debt to the Lafayette Fire Department who got there very quickly. “Otherwise it might have been a total loss.” Between Cormier and his neighbor attacking the fire with hoses from their houses and buckets of water and the fire department’s final acquittal of the blaze, only the truck’s cab was affected.
This means, Cormier says, that “all wiring will have to be pulled and re-ran. The engine and the kitchen are fine but the dashboard, the seats and the electrical system are gone.” Although no one can definitively know when Viva la Waffle will reopen until the fire inspector and a mechanic take a look, Cormier is hopeful to be up and running again by Labor Day. He says he’d like to have a grand reopening at the fire station on Ambassador Caffery that saved his truck, as a way to say thank you. Viva la Waffle is often serving behind the Burger King near campus, off of St. Mary but you can find where it is most easily through the Twitter feed here.
Down the road a piece, iconic Jeanerette eatery Landry’s Seafood and Steakhouse caught fire about 12 hours later. It took several hours for the blaze to be subdued. Although it isn’t yet known what started the fire, the Landry family is hopeful to reopen it in the next few months. Extensive smoke and water damage throughout the entire structure.
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District Attorney Mike Harson is showing his desperation by falsely attributing quotes to his opponent and blocking journalists from his social media.
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State District Judge Bob Downing extended the order and delayed a planned Wednesday hearing about a permanent injunction while negotiations continue between Attorney General Buddy Caldwell and the waste disposal site operator.
New Louisiana higher education commissioner Joseph Rallo will be paid more than his predecessor.
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JPMorgan Chase is giving $1 million to Louisiana's community and technical colleges, to help with workforce training efforts to match students to available jobs.
President Barack Obama is turning to black radio listeners to plead for midterm votes, a targeted approach to drum up Democratic support at a time when many candidates don't want him around in person.
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Landrieu, who is fighting to keep her seat for a fourth term, said that Ebola is serious and precautions should be taken, but she accused Republicans of using the virus outbreak in West Africa to "create fear" here at home.
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