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.
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.