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.
Look for The Independent to visit both of these valuable locations when they open back up.
Local and state agents Thursday night raided The Keg, the popular college bar located in the area known as The Strip, leading to the (at least) temporary closure of the venue.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, April 18, 2014:
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Time and time again, the Lafayette Parish School Board shows an overwhelming tendency toward idiocy, but Wednesday night’s contentious discussion over Northside High School’s teen mother program tops the list of dumb discussions.
C & C Technologies, HIT Fitness, R3 Sciences, the Acadiana Symphony Association and the United Way of Acadiana recognized for innovation.
“The accomplishment of this goal within the next ten years is not only critical for the region to effectively compete with other regions for residents and businesses, but also to provide an amenity for everyone in Acadiana to enjoy.”
Education Superintendent John White says a continued push to try to keep Louisiana from using tests associated with the Common Core education standards are creating "a state of chaos" for public school teachers.
The Acadiana Symphony Orchestra has decided to end its traditional Independence Day spectacular known as Red White & Boom.
Under the deal, Teche shareholders would get 1.162 shares of IberiaBank for each share of Teche stock.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to use $210 million in surplus and one-time money to help balance next year's budget received the backing Thursday of the State Bond Commission, support that was needed for the maneuver to work.
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State wildlife and fisheries agents have arrested a 39-year-old man accused of stealing crawfish.
An East Feliciana Parish lawmaker has jettisoned his proposal to make it harder for a condemned prisoner to appeal a death sentence.
Senators advanced a proposal Wednesday that would let the governor remove New Orleans-area levee board members for violating what he considers to be public policy, despite concerns it would introduce political meddling into state flood protection.
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Greg Manuel’s Lafayette-based residential development company is taking advantage of exponential industrial growth in Lake Charles.
Longtime Lafayette retailer ventures online.
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Regional bank bids farewell to Downtown May 30
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Most experts say short-term interest rates will be unchanged through 2014, but long-term rates are inching up.
Largest recruitment event in Acadiana returns May 21 to the Cajundome Convention Center
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Thanks to the inaugural 2012 INNOV8, a design for lifting heavy objects was brought to market.
The annual juried competition recognizes excellence in architecture, interior design and historic preservation in Lafayette and the five surrounding parishes.
Cypress Bayou GM hosts open house.
New hires, promotions, transfers in Acadiana business
The scion of a landmark Four Corners restaurant climbs back into Lafayette’s culinary scene as franchisee for a popular burger chain.