Marelli wants you to remember that he was the original hot dog cart guy in Acadiana 30 years ago. “There have always been many people who want to, but not many ever do. I am the original, if you remember the ones at Cowboys, The Strip and Grant Street Dancehall — among others. No food trucks for me. Customers want to see the food being prepared and where your hands are at all times.”
Marelli grew up in New Jersey and references his boyhood trips to Coney Island when thinking about the kind of food he likes to serve. “I first brought Hot Dog Carts to Lafayette 30 years ago. I bought a property on ‘The Strip’ where I was operating one cart and eventually built a bar on it called Mugsy’s.” Then the oilfield crashed like a 16-year-old with purloined Ferrari keys and Marelli decided to head to Colorado.
Several years ago, Marelli came back but chose an unfortunately timed place to make a home: Butte la Rose. "I’m still reeling from the evacuation," he says. But never one to be scared away, “I settled back here in Butte LaRose and operate a festival food vending business, here and in Colorado, which includes Festival Acadiens et Creole and Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival, among many others. Here and there I serve Philly cheesesteaks, Cajun sausage, crawfish etouffe and chicken and sausage jambalaya.”
The food carts are coming to street corners and venues near you shortly. “I have the carts on hand right now,” he says.
In the meantime, check out the Facebook page for Chet's Grill here. The Ind will write more on Chet's Grill when it gets in full swing.
As part of a national undertaking known by industry insiders as the “Butterfly Project,” a rebranded version of The Daily Advertiser is set to launch with Sunday’s edition of the Gannett-owned paper.
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The New Orleans architect behind the 1984 World’s Fair also left his mark on Lafayette.
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The 30-second commercial, to run around the state, is the Democratic senator's first TV spot in her bid for re-election to a fourth term.
It's a number that has edged up but falls far short of the thousands who are eligible for subsidized coverage.
A group of mostly higher education leaders will make recommendations to state lawmakers about how to tweak the policies governing tuition rates charged at the state's public colleges.
Week long specials and a ribbon cutting celebration held in Parc Lafayette
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday, December 11, 2013
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Hashtag, retweet, like, share and do whatever else it takes to get in good today with the jolly man in red.
That would be Congressman John Fleming talking about Sen. David Vitter.
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Louisiana's higher education leaders are trying to work out a financing deal to keep the state's public colleges from running low on state cash to operate their campuses.
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The festival is scheduled for March 21-22 in New Orleans.
NOLA Bowl ready prints