At the time, the building was more than a mile and half outside of town on the Abbeville highway. Still located in the same spot, the burger joint is now deep inside Lafayette's city limits on Johnston Street. The restaurant is still owned by Alcide's and Marc's widows, Pearl Cormier Judice and Gladys Bourque Judice, and managed by Marc's youngest son, Gerald.
On April 5, the family business turned 60 years old, but plans for a celebration had to be put on hold. "Being two large families full of Catholics, we didn't feel like Holy Thursday was a good day to have a celebration," Gerald says. "We also had some family members who were out of town. So it just worked out best to postpone it for a little while. May 19 was the first date we could come up with that all 13 of the children could all make it here."
This Saturday, May 19, at 11 a.m., Judice Inn will throw a day-long birthday party. "We're just going to have a big party outside," Gerald says. "We jack back the prices and just have a little celebration for the folks who have supported us all of these years." Hamburgers, cheeseburgers, draft beer, and souvenir cups will run you a buck, and soft drinks, chips, candy and ice cream will set you back 50 cents.
"We're a small kitchen," Gerald adds. "On an extremely busy day, just pumping it out as fast as we can, we probably do maybe 800 burgers for lunchtime and another 600 or so for the evening. Saturdays are those days. For our 50th anniversary, we did 2,700 burgers. I don't know how it was possible, to be honest with you, but we did it."
This Saturday, expect your order to take at least 30 minutes, and with the sheer volume of orders expected, Gerald says no special orders will be considered. Your choices from the kitchen are either a hamburger or a cheeseburger ' loaded or plain. Grilled onions or a fried egg will have to wait for another visit.
Judice Inn, located at 3134 Johnston St., will host its 60th anniversary party this Saturday, May 19, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more info, call 984-5614 or visit www.judiceinn.com.
newsy bits for the fam
Festival International de Louisiane is right around the corner — April 23-27 — and IND Monthly’s second annual Fest fIND contest is along for the ride.
Acadian rep notifies would-be supporters that an April 25 fundraiser for the embattled U.S. rep won’t go on as planned.
Georgia-based fried chicken chain would go up against Raising Cane’s, Chick-fil-A and others (like the Popeyes near its proposed location).
While it isn’t all too unusual for public bodies to have hired security present during meetings, the LPSB’s push to do so is arguably a response to the antics of one board member.
“I’m running. Why would I be raising all this money? Just to have to return it to people?”
With incumbent U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu watching from afar, and with a united Democratic Party in her corner, the fight to get the GOP officially behind Congressman Bill Cassidy is gaining just as much momentum as it is hushed controversy.
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15th Judicial District Judge Durwood Conque has announced that he will not seek re-election after 27 years on the bench.
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The controversial standardized tests are set to be used in third-grade through eighth-grade public school classrooms next year.
The Louisiana Senate has agreed to prohibit unmanned aircraft from flying over chemical plants, water treatment systems, telecommunications networks and other items considered "critical infrastructure" in Louisiana.
A Scott businessman has pleaded guilty to failing to report a conspiracy to award Opelousas Housing Authority construction bids to his company.
It didn’t take long for KATC TV 3 to jump all over the news of a dead body found in Girard Park, but in its rush to produce headlines, the local TV station got sloppy.
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Tuesday's Blogs from the Bog!
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday, April 15, 2014:
An unholy trinity of civil-society upheavalers whose first names are not Conner, Tanner or Logan are facing charges in Eunice.
Now that lawmakers have shot down efforts to cap annual interest rates for payday loans, supporters for stricter regulations of the storefront lenders are rallying behind another strategy.
The Appropriations Committee held public testimony day, letting people talk about what they like or don't like about Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget recommendations for the 2014-15 fiscal year that begins July 1.
Court-appointed examiner says Lafayette businessman was “effectively on both sides” of transactions, opens door for legal action against him.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
Lafayette-based insurance broker/risk management group bought by Florida firm for undisclosed sum; principals Landry and Harris continue to run local operations.
Lafayette police are investigating the death of a 21-year-old woman whose body was found early Sunday in a drainage ditch in Girard Park.
Former Grant parish District Attorney Ed Tarpley says he's running for the U.S. House seat currently held by Republican Vance McAllister of Swartz.
Louisiana-Lafayette got strong starting pitching and timely hitting to hold off Arkansas-Little Rock 6-3 in Sun Belt Conference baseball in Lafayette, La.
The life and legacy of Dave Perkins will be commemorated with a special INDesign Lifetime Achievement Award as part of the 2014 event on April 24.
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The Cane Fire Film Series presents “The Great Flood” on Monday, April 14, at the AcA.