Country’s top burger coming to Lafayette. By Leslie Turk
The burger Zagat rates No. 1 in the country is coming to Ambassador Caffery at Settlers Trace, and a familiar face is bringing it.
Billy Jacob, whose family owned and operated Jacob’s Restaurant at Four Corners from 1935-1985, has returned to Louisiana from Atlanta to develop the successful Virginia-based chain, Five Guys Burgers and Fries, in his home state. For the past 17 years Jacob worked for Popeyes’ corporate entity as executive chef.
Jacob and his business partner, Rodney Johnson, opened the state’s first Five Guys location in Baton Rouge’s Towne Center in early October. The restaurant’s been packing the house since then (Zagat’s rating is only the latest in a stream of “best of” awards for the 24-year-old fast food concept), serving about 1,000 customers a day.
Two USDA Choice beef patties come on the burgers (the “little” burger has one), which are dressed with a wide selection of toppings — all free. The fresh cut fries come in lightly salted or Cajun style (go for the spice).
The Lafayette restaurant opens in about a year in a new strip center in the back of Starbucks. Jacob’s next restaurant will be in Covington, where he now lives; he plans to develop 15 locations in seven parishes within the next 10 years.
Frank’s Casing Crew, now doing business as Frank’s International, will make its final appearance on ABiz’s list of the Top 50 Privately Held Companies in Acadiana this year, and once again, it will likely be at the top with more than $1 billion in annual revenues. The 75-year-old company specializing in tubular fabrication and installation services to the oil and gas industry plans to go public this year.
The defeat, or rather highjacking of House Bill 420 in the final days of this year's Legislative Session, say Reps. Vincent Pierre and Terry Landry, is the result of the propaganda spread by one unidentified local media outlet and an unnamed former state Representative, but nothing to do with the original legislation's lack of checks, balances or details.
He’s a singer. A songwriter. A piano man. A family man. He’s even got his own Wikipedia entry. He’s David Egan. And he knows ancient secrets about the monolithic stones of Stonehenge that he’s not willing to share.