Wednesday, March 9, 2012
It’s Thursday morning, May 3, in the newest dining room on Kaliste Saloom Road. Three dedicated employees in red shirts with white lettering sit on the floor making sure each table is level. Light bulbs are screwed into small glass fixtures for the first time, illuminating the scarlet and tan colored benches with dark brown wood tables. Outside, a man pressure washes the sidewalk and parking lot. The anticipation of an opening just around the corner can be felt by anyone passing through the building. Less than a week later, on Monday, May 7, the newest incarnation of Pizza Village, a nearly 41-year-old Lafayette landmark, began serving customers on the south side of town.
The original on Moss Street opened its doors in June of 1971. Owners Buddy Tarpley and Glen Landry created a place where customers and employees were treated like family. The sauce recipe, made fresh several times a week, has not changed since the day the pizzeria launched, and the family tradition has carried over to the new restaurant, according to Tarpley’s son, Jamie Tarpley, who has been involved in Pizza Village in various capacities since he was 10 years old. He now oversees both locations since the founders are in their early 60s and have taken a step back from day-to-day operations.
Michael Trahan, a 13-year Pizza Village veteran, serves as co-general manager along with Cody Broussard. In the kitchen, chef managers Scottie Shelvin and Eddie Price ensure the same quality of thin crust pizzas that have come from the Blodgett ovens since the original eatery opened. This consistency, along with making patrons feel welcome, is how the younger Tarpley accounts for four decades of success. “If you don’t have superior customer service, you don’t have anything at the end of the day,” he says. “Consistency is really big for us. We only use the highest grade products. We make our own dough from scratch everyday. When you get it, hopefully it’s fresh and piping hot.”
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday, March 11, 2014:
The board hopes to recover all fees paid, plus one-half, along with what could amount to hundreds of thousands in additional penalties.
Oh, the irony... or something like that.
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Hopefully he’ll be better prepared today than he was in that Feb. 20 deposition.
They came by the hundreds, arriving from all regions of the state to gather on the steps of our Capitol in protest of the Legislature’s long tradition of giving industry the go-ahead to abuse our air, our water and our coastline, all in the name of good economics.
Gov. Bobby Jindal’s recent rhetoric against President Barack Obama has failed to boost his standing among the conservative base.
Louisiana's annual legislative session begins.
The state has hired marksmen to shoot feral hogs from helicopters at two wildlife management areas in south Louisiana.
St. Patty's Day crafts
The former star of Saturday Night Live throws in his 2 cents on the Big Oil lawsuit.
New menu items ready for the Lenten season
The Cane Fire Film Series screens “MaidenTrip” on Monday, March 10, at the AcA.
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The vibe of the tribe done modern
The Louisiana Workforce Commission said Friday that initial claims rose to 2,125 from the previous week's total of 1,964. There were 2,887 initial claims during the comparable week in 2013.
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has stalled action on a $3.5 billion annual school funding formula due to state lawmakers by March 15.
The New Orleans Saints have yet to make it official as of this writing, but popular wide receiver Lance Moore has reportedly been cut by the team to free up salary-cap space on the roster.
While two medical marijuana bills are slated for the upcoming legislative session, what some Louisianans might not know is that the plant was approved for therapeutic use by state lawmakers in 1991.
The agenda is shaping up to be lighter than in previous years. But Jindal is term-limited, with fewer than two years remaining in office, and he saw his last big initiative — a proposed rewrite of Louisiana tax law — collapse without getting a vote in 2013.
Sharper has been held without bail because of an arrest warrant issued by Louisiana authorities accusing him and another man of raping two women.
Two Lafayette men have been revealed by police as the infamous duo behind a caper that shook our fair city to its core.
She’s the daughter of the legendary Johnny Cash, but she’s been a gifted artist in her own right for three decades, and she’s coming to Lafayette.
The Lafayette Parish School Board has received a second letter of demand related to last year’s insurance debacle, this time from Key Benefit Administrators claiming it’s owed $93,000 from the school system.
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The Louisiana coastline is vanishing faster than mappers can keep track.
A bill that would have overridden local ordinances prohibiting public and private employers from discriminating against lesbian, gay and transgender people has been pulled within less than a week of being filed.
The panel that selects nominees for a controversial New Orleans area flood control board — a board that is suing more than 90 oil, gas and pipeline companies — is set to discuss legislation affecting its independence.
State prison officials cannot keep secret the seller and manufacturer of the two drugs purchased for executions at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.