Generation Next Something new is cooking at Charley G’s. By Erin Z. Bass
Longtime Lafayette restaurateur Charlie Goodson has teamed up with chef Marc Krampe, whose family owns the local McDonald’s franchise, and Jody Ferguson, owner of Casa Olé Acadiana, to form Southern Hospitality Kitchens. Krampe, 29, and Ferguson, 42, are brothers in law. The venture, which launches Jan. 1, will add a new generation of ownership to the 27-year-old Ambassador Caffery restaurant; Goodson’s two daughters, Claire and Anna, will remain at Charley G’s, as will chef Holly Goetting and General Manager Courtney Vincent. Down the road, Southern Hospitality Kitchens plans to pursue projects like cookbooks and additional dining concepts. Goodson says their first project will likely be a more casual restaurant than his upscale namesake. “As a group, we’ve done some restaurants in the past, and I wanted to do it again and try to stay local,” he says. “There’s a lot of opportunity here; you see restaurants opening all the time, and we want to be one of the people opening them.” Read more about Goodson and his new partners in the Dec. 28 issue of The Independent.
David Calhoun and Elizabeth “EB” Brooks are the first two employees of Lafayette Central Park Inc., the nonprofit charged with turning Lafayette Consolidated Government’s 100-acre Johnston Street Horse Farm property into a passive public park. Calhoun was named executive director, and Brooks is director of planning and design.
Is it a crime for citizens to photograph, video, or take notes of a police officer in the line of duty, or a right protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution? Locally, such activity, as witnessed recently, will at the very least result in a night spent behind bars.
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.