The Lab in River Ranch will be the next big place to make your caffeine score.
Located between Katie Bakes and Romacelli's at 1042 Camellia Blvd., The Lab is owned by Thomas and Pam Peters. Longtime devotees of coffee, they chose River Ranch as the home for The Lab because, says Thomas, "We looked at 50-plus places in and around Lafayette and River Ranch kept coming back because of several factors. It is central to all of Lafayette in a vehicle, it is bikable, walkable, runnable, has a great patio and the interior presented such a great palate for which we can create our vision of The Lab in it."
The Peters expect The Lab to be open in late March or early April. Cuvee Coffee Roasters out of Austin, Handsome Coffee Roasters out of L.A. and Rival Bros. Coffee Roasters out of Philly are the main three expected to be used with "guest coffee roasters" stepping in occasionally. "Key is that they are roasters that have a direct relationship with their coffee farms and that they are fresh roasted and shipped to us on order," says Thomas.
As for the treats, The Lab is offering baked goods like croissants, tarts and scones "with flavor combinations or ingredients that you can’t necessarily find here but sourcing as many local ingredients as possible." Artisan chocolates will be available and something The Lab is calling "sweet cold creams," which is a hybrid of ice cream and gelato.
Overall, the vibe seems to be one of relaxation yet experiementation, according to Thomas. "The products that we are going to offer are focused on flavor and finish as well as texture and technique. Pam and I wanted to create a place that broke free from the traditional rules and allowed our passions and experiences to come to the forefront while creating an environment that you just wanted to hang out in, engage in great conversations, study for a test or just simply curl up and read a book. We are focusing on four main elements within The Lab: pastries, artisan chocolate bars, coffee, and sweet cold creams that have interwoven elements."
Look for The Lab to host its grand opening this spring and for The Ind to be writing reviews about it.
For the first time in at least five years, retired teachers, state workers and school system employees could see an increase in their pension checks.
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.
Drew Brees often makes the extraordinary look routine, particularly during night games in the Superdome.
The Cane Fire Film Series will be screening The Savoy King, a feature documentary on Swing-era drummer-bandleader Chick Webb, Ella Fitzgerald, and Harlems Savoy Ballroom.
The teams were extended invitations Sunday for the New Year's Day matchup played at Raymond James Stadium, home of the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Outfit Of The Game looks at jewelry
Holiday party with style
Funds will expand Early College Academy from 250 to 1,000 students
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Monday, December 09, 2013:
Let ’em know and you could win a $250 night out.
Paul’s customer giveaway named
Some of the many events taking place this weekend include The Festival of Light and the Fire & Water Festival.
Appropriate for the season of giving, exhibit features behind-the-scenes images of beloved icon.
Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by 12 this week to 1,775.
The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims decreased to 1,850 from the previous week's total of 2,854. For the comparable week a year earlier, there were 4,048.
If all 44 projects are approved, about $300 million would remain in the fund set up as a down payment to help the Gulf.
Last week, the Saints gave up 429 yards to Seattle, second most in a game this season.
kiki hosting designer’s latest
Laid back cuts for the NOLA Bowl
Flavors of mama’s holiday sweet treat with a twist