"Sometimes we've got a million dollars worth of bikes parked outside," Dodge says. "It's like the beach ' if the sun's out, they're here."
Area bikers clearly appreciate having a new spot in Acadiana. Last week, Dodge was awaiting a shipment of 720 cases of beer in anticipation of the business he expected during the annual state Harley Owner Group rally last weekend.
Bike Barn is already expanding with an outside bar, kitchen and gift shop. The new kitchen will not take the place of Bike Barn icon Pop a Top, who mans the outdoor barbecue pit each weekend serving brisket and sausage to patrons. Pop a Top lost one of his legs in a bike accident on Congress Street, and part of the $3 sandwich cost goes to him so he can buy a new leg and ride again.
Dodge is a Lafayette native who has spent the last 20 years in Panama City running a RV and motor home park. He used to own a local club called The Villa, which burned down in 1985, at the same Sunset location as Bike Barn. "I built this place right on top of the old Villa club," Dodge says.
Even with food and live music on Fridays, the main attraction is always the bikes in the parking lot, which often include classic Indian and Honda models alongside the usual rumble of Harley-Davidsons. But there's plenty of room for automobiles, too. "Everybody's welcome," he says. "A lot of people come and tell me that they don't have a bike, and then the next time I see them they have a bike."
Bike Barn Saloon is located at 5587 I-49 N. Frontage Road. For more info, call 662-2280.
Local and state agents Thursday night raided The Keg, the popular college bar located in the area known as The Strip, leading to the (at least) temporary closure of the venue.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, April 18, 2014:
Friday's Blogs from the Bog!
Time and time again, the Lafayette Parish School Board shows an overwhelming tendency toward idiocy, but Wednesday night’s contentious discussion over Northside High School’s teen mother program tops the list of dumb discussions.
C & C Technologies, HIT Fitness, R3 Sciences, the Acadiana Symphony Association and the United Way of Acadiana recognized for innovation.
“The accomplishment of this goal within the next ten years is not only critical for the region to effectively compete with other regions for residents and businesses, but also to provide an amenity for everyone in Acadiana to enjoy.”
Education Superintendent John White says a continued push to try to keep Louisiana from using tests associated with the Common Core education standards are creating "a state of chaos" for public school teachers.
The Acadiana Symphony Orchestra has decided to end its traditional Independence Day spectacular known as Red White & Boom.
Under the deal, Teche shareholders would get 1.162 shares of IberiaBank for each share of Teche stock.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to use $210 million in surplus and one-time money to help balance next year's budget received the backing Thursday of the State Bond Commission, support that was needed for the maneuver to work.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
State wildlife and fisheries agents have arrested a 39-year-old man accused of stealing crawfish.
An East Feliciana Parish lawmaker has jettisoned his proposal to make it harder for a condemned prisoner to appeal a death sentence.
Senators advanced a proposal Wednesday that would let the governor remove New Orleans-area levee board members for violating what he considers to be public policy, despite concerns it would introduce political meddling into state flood protection.
The must have pieces this season
Dave Perkins, LCG Comp Plan honored along with local architects and designers at the 2014 INDesign Awards
Greg Manuel’s Lafayette-based residential development company is taking advantage of exponential industrial growth in Lake Charles.
Longtime Lafayette retailer ventures online.
It’s not how aggressive or conservative you are — it’s planning for risk that matters most.
Thanks to cutting-edge digital technology, more and more consumers are banking on ATMs and mobile phones.
Regional bank bids farewell to Downtown May 30
ABiz takes a look back at the most noteworthy moments for the local banking industry over the last year.
Most experts say short-term interest rates will be unchanged through 2014, but long-term rates are inching up.
Largest recruitment event in Acadiana returns May 21 to the Cajundome Convention Center
A lawyer’s ad should only be a starting point, as there is much more to consider when seeking quality representation.
Thanks to the inaugural 2012 INNOV8, a design for lifting heavy objects was brought to market.
The annual juried competition recognizes excellence in architecture, interior design and historic preservation in Lafayette and the five surrounding parishes.
Cypress Bayou GM hosts open house.
New hires, promotions, transfers in Acadiana business
The scion of a landmark Four Corners restaurant climbs back into Lafayette’s culinary scene as franchisee for a popular burger chain.