After a six-week hiatus for open-heart surgery, award-winning Independent cartoonist Greg Peters is back in action. His Snake Oil cartoon returns this week on p. 12. Welcome back, Greg. ' Scott Jordan
Less than a month after selling its interest in the City Club at River Ranch, Lafayette's Moody family is back in the restaurant business. Led by B.I. Moody III, the family purchased Coyote Blues on Johnston Street and is planning to expand the Mexican concept, which has been wildly popular in Lafayette.
Coyotes Blues' Simon Eid, who founded the restaurant with his close friends, brothers Robert and Rami Ajam, would not disclose financial terms of the deal. Sources close to the parties, however, say the restaurant's building, business and rights to the name sold for about $4 million.
"They want to take it on the road," Eid says. Coyote Blues' first stop will likely be Baton Rouge, and the previous owners will work as consultants in the expansion.
B.I. Moody's son, Braxton IV, has been captivated by the restaurant since it opened in April 2003, and it's no secret in restaurant circles that he has been trying to buy it for some time. Records in the Louisiana Secretary of State's office reveal that he formed Coyote Blues Restaurant Group LLC in June 2004 and another entity, Coyote Blues International LLC, on Dec. 14, 2006.
"They've been looking at it for years," Eid says.
In the past, knowledgeable restaurant industry sources have estimated Coyote Blues' annual revenues to be about $3 million, a figure that likely escalated in 2006. "Coyote Blues had a very, very good year last year," Eid says.
Because of Coyote Blues' immediate success, the Lebanese immigrants hoped to franchise the concept, but Eid says their lack of experience in this arena prompted them to explore a relationship with the Moody family. The Moodys once owned and operated a number of local restaurants and franchises, including Burger King, Luther's Barbeque and Chart House; Braxton IV had Burger Tyme, the Sonny's Bar-B-Q outside of the Mall of Acadiana and brought Outback Steakhouse to Lafayette. "They really know these big concepts. They know how to run them," Eid says.
Eid's group owns Stoma's Furniture & Interiors on Johnston Street, as well as La Pizzeria on Ambassador Caffery Parkway, a 10-year-old gourmet pizza eatery that also has enjoyed tremendous success in this market. ' Leslie Turk
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AMERICA'S WETLAND GARNERS PRAISE
PR News, a leading industry trade publication, has presented its top honor for 2006 to Louisiana's public information campaign on coastal restoration. America's Wetland, which is supported by private and public resources, joined the ranks of other high-profile winners such as the American Veterinary Association, Girl Scouts and U.S. Postal Service. The group's "Campaign to Save Coastal Louisiana" was recognized for its "groundbreaking work" that resonated with national and local communities, association members, volunteers, the media and other stakeholders. Among other issues, America's Wetland was critical in helping the state educate the general public and lobby Congress to get Louisiana a greater share of its offshore oil and gas royalties last year. "For the past four years we have been informing the nation and world about Louisiana's land loss crisis and how that loss affects the state, the nation and the world," says Valsin A. Marmillion, a Houma native and manager of the wetland campaign. Louisiana is the home to almost 6,000 square miles of coastal wetlands, but they are being lost at an alarming rate ' more than 230 square miles in the 1990s alone. This vanishing landscape supports and protects wildlife, communities and the important energy infrastructure on Louisiana's tattered coast. ' Jeremy Alford
After being forced out by its former landlords last year, the community garden has a new location and a 10-year lease.
The Libertarian Party of Louisiana says it has hit a milestone, reaching 10,000 registered voters in the state.
Defensive captain Junior Galette is disgusted by the Saints' sluggish start.
The use of $60 million in Louisiana's public school financing formula to pay for nearly three dozen charter schools violates the state constitution, a statewide teachers' union claimed Monday in a lawsuit.
Security breach at White House; Bejing won't back down from protesters; pressure on third-graders and more national and international news for Tuesday, September 30, 2014.
Tuesday's Blogs from the Bog!
February trial date indicates parties were unable to negotiate a settlement.
Gov. Bobby Jindal has been viewed as a health care policy wonk, and he's tried to build on that image ahead of a likely 2016 presidential campaign, positioning himself as the candidate with substantive ideas.
Jerry Jones watched what he called the best effort he's seen in 25 years as owner of the Dallas Cowboys in the first half, and that was before Tony Romo had the longest scramble of his career and DeMarco Murray finished off yet another 100-yard game.
Two of the most recognizable women in Republican politics, Sarah Palin and Mary Matalin, have been heavily involved in Louisiana’s current election cycle.
Even though the Louisiana Democratic Party has thrown its support behind former Gov. Edwin Edwards’ congressional bid, national Democrats are not expected to follow suit.
“[Mike] is no longer the energetic ADA that his recent ad is trying to portray. I just think Mike needs to get the hell out.” — Kermit Harson, DA Mike Harson’s brother
The New Orleans Saints have listed Jonathan Goodwin as questionable for Sunday night's game in Dallas, raising the prospect that second-year pro Tim Lelito will start at center for the first time.
The endorsements keep coming for District 9 LPSB candidate Jeremy Hidalgo, who picked up his fifth vow of support Thursday, this time from the Chamber’s political action committee.
Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter will be out knocking on doors this weekend with anti-abortion activists encouraging people to vote against his colleague, Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu.
The ACLU of Louisiana has sued Abbeville's mayor and police chief over a policy barring police from any social media use showing the city in a bad light.
Prospective Republican presidential candidates are expected to promote "religious liberty" at home and abroad at a gathering of religious conservatives Friday, with anti-Obama speeches from the likes of Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.
The American Zombie blog by New Orleans independent journalist Jason Berry has a photograph of U.S. District Court Judge Carl Barbier having dinner with Lafayette attorney Pat Juneau — yeah, that Pat Juneau, the BP claims administrator whose fate Barbier will soon decide.
But retirees and employees who face the higher deductibles and out-of-pocket costs responded angrily, telling lawmakers that they shouldn't be held responsible for what they consider the Jindal administration's mismanagement of the Office of Group Benefits.
Indictment accuses ‘chef’ who claims to work for the needy of stealing from a disabled man in his care.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's top budget adviser says the state employee health insurance program will face a dire financial scenario without the heavily criticized changes planned by the administration.
Louisiana's last execution was in 2010, and plans for the next lethal injection have been put on hold amid an ongoing legal dispute about the drugs that would be used. More than 80 people are on death row, awaiting execution, in Louisiana.
If the Saints' defense hasn't corrected early season errors it could be in for a long Sunday night.
U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu is traveling to the Citgo refinery near Lake Charles to highlight her successful stalling of a bill to impose sanctions against human-rights abusers in Venezuela's government.
Gov. Bobby Jindal will be spending his next few days in the key presidential campaign states of New Hampshire and Iowa.