On The Greaux – The building boom continues in Lafayette

New Google Map
February 11, 2009, 11:41 pm
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I’ve put together an interactive google map of new developments in Lafayette.  As always, let me know if you see something or want to know more about something around town.  The link to the google map is in the “link” section to the left.


Pizzeria Venti Opens
February 11, 2009, 1:49 pm
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Finally, the first tenant in the new shopping center at Pinhook and Kaliste Saloon has opened. Pizzeria Venti is a pizza-by-the-slice chain that is a welcome non fast food / plate lunch spot in the neighborhood.

The pizza is served in rectangles instead of the more traditional triangle, and about 15 varieties are offered. I went for lunch today and the pizza was pretty good. It’s between Papa John’s and Dean-o’s. My lunch companion had a walnut apple salad which she liked.

It looks like workers are building out neighboring spaces, but I’m not sure what will go in those spots.

(Hotel) Acadiana, meet Crowne Plaza
February 11, 2009, 1:23 am
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UPDATE 4-13-09  Signs are up on Pinhook and on the hotel sporting the Crowne Plaza brand.  The hotel is also booking rooms according to Crowne Plaza’s national website.

It looks like the official re-branding of the Hotel Acadiana as a Crowne Plaza could be just days away.  After months of construction – the Crowne Plaza logo is up on the building, but the new CP sign out on Pinhook is still draped in tarp.  Managers told me that basically every aspect of the hotel was being renovated, from guest rooms to meeting rooms.  Most recently, Hotel Acadiana was a Best Western.  I believe the property opened as a Sheraton back in the oil boom years.

Crowne Plaza used to be known as Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza.  The hotels are mostly geared towards business travelers.  The CP will have new competition, a Staybridge Suites will open soon just behind the property on Kaliste Saloom.  Also – a new Best Western is slated for a piece of land just behind Outback Steakhouse and the Fairfield Inn across Pinhook.  The area really is Lafayette’s hotel district, most likely because the Oil Center, hospitals and major oil offices are nearby.

I’m not sure if the Crowne Plaza reno will have any effect on the hotel’s restaurant, which is now branded as Mustang Sally’s.  We’ll see.

Pub / Grill Coming to Former Bonnie Bell’s
February 11, 2009, 1:16 am
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The building that has just been vacated by Bonnie Bell’s Bistro on Brook Ave. (across St. Mary from Old Tyme Grocery) will soon be home to a new grill / pub.  Papa Mello’s is aiming to open up in April.  Some folks working on the building told me they’ll offer burgers, sandwiches and salads – and beer!  Due to a location with nearby residential neighbors – Papa Mello’s will close at midnight, Monday – Saturday. 

If I owned the place, I’d work 24/7 to get something open for Mardi Gras – in just a few days, thousands of possible future customers will be spending lots of time on the nearby parade route on foot.  But then again, they may be waiting on a liquor license.  No doubt, the owners are hoping to cash in on the big UL lunch crowd.  Before becoming Bonnie Bell’s (which moved Downtown late last year), the building on Brooke Ave. used to be Gallagher’s (now on University near McKinley).  I’ll keep you updated as to when they open.