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
The fight to clean up Lafayette Parish could get some added ammunition with two ordinances up for votes Tuesday by the City-Parish Council targeting litter-bugs.
By striking a deal to lessen the blow of health insurance changes on state workers, school employees and retirees, Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration lowered the volume of criticism but gave itself and local school boards a new budget headache.
With the airport tax coming up for a parishwide vote in about a week, the Broussard City Council and its mayor have come out in support of the proposal.
Protesters rallied peacefully in several Louisiana cities in the wake of the Missouri grand jury decision not to indict a police officer in the fatal shooting of Michal Brown.
US cities bidding on Olympics; Guard prevents more Ferguson riots; storm threatens travel and more national and international news for Wednesday, November 26, 2014.
Wednesday's Blogs from the Bog!
The U.S. rep billed LSU for work allegedly performed on the same days Congress voted on major legislation and held important committee hearings on energy and the ACA.
Abysmally low participation by the public has prompted the council to scuttle the 2014 survey with plans to simplify it and try again next year.
The village now says the ordinance will likely be overturned and authorities will more vigorously enforce existing leash laws.
Bill Cassidy cast an early ballot Tuesday, seeking to draw renewed attention to a race that has fallen off newspaper front pages and away from people's minds as they plan holiday meals and shopping schedules.
Battered all night by Baltimore's relentless pass rush, Drew Brees could feel his protection collapsing and Terrell Suggs getting ahold of him as he urgently unloaded a pass to the right flat toward tight end Jimmy Graham.
After a convincing defeat at the polls on Nov. 4, Earl “Nickey” Picard has decided to let bygones be bygones with his former right-hand man Brian Pope, announcing his support for his former employee’s runoff bid to become Lafayette’s next city marshal.
Saturday the athletic department did everything possible to ensure the 2014 Ragin’ Cajun seniors remembered fondly their last home game. Rain and lightning never arrived but turbulence did in the form of the Appalachian State Mountaineers.
Even stranger than the Republican Party’s decision to hold a “unity rally” earlier this month for Congressman Bill Cassidy in a Baton Rouge bar, Huey’s Bar, was the fact that the establishment was named after Louisiana’s most famous Democrat.
Bar Code is not a gay bar.
After failing to pass a medical marijuana bill last year, state Sen. Fred Mills, R-Parks, is telling supporters he will return in 2015 with legislation that focuses on different applications like oils and pills.
Voters, obviously, are not yet tuned into the 2015 ballot, despite the intriguing races it will host.
By now, the story of how longtime LSU coach Dale Brown discovered Shaquille O'Neal has been told many times: Brown happened upon a massive 13-year-old at an army base in Germany, stayed in touch with him and eventually became like a second father.
Fate simply wasn't ready to give the New Orleans Saints a break from longtime nemesis Steve Smith.
Lafayette Police have had a busy day.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration will use $130 million in patchwork financing from a tax amnesty program, insurance settlement, uninsured motorist penalties and other excess funds to close most of the state's midyear budget deficit.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu said she disagrees with President Barack Obama's actions on immigration, hoping the latest controversy doesn't worsen her campaign difficulties.
Gay-rights advocates challenging Louisiana's same-sex marriage ban announced Thursday that they have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review their case before it is heard by a federal appeals court.
Thinking himself the “son of God,” the man charged with the 2013 killing of an officer of the Chitimacha Tribal Police will not stand trial following a ruling Thursday on his mental competency.
Either Saints coach Sean Payton doesn't want to tip Baltimore off as to who'll start in New Orleans' secondary on Monday night, or he really doesn't know yet.