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Social Southern Table and Bar
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6815 W. Park Ave., Houma
Debbie and David Heard’s world came crashing to a halt when their 12,000-square-foot antiques store and restaurant in Thibodaux burned to the ground in December 2010. They lost everything, from the irreplaceable antiques to the 200-person banquet room.
Since the fire, the couple has moved their business once but recently found what they consider to be a permanent home at 6815 W. Park Ave. in Houma. The new Demitasse Café marked its one-year anniversary in March.
“We are really excited about the patrons in Houma,” Debbie Heard says. “It’s wonderful. We love it here. It’s been a very good move for us.”
The Demitasse Café still serves up 30 different types of panini, soups and salads for lunch and dinner, plus a varied breakfast menu that ranges from breakfast sandwiches to build-your-own omelets. As before, the Demitasse offers a huge drink menu of specialty coffees, teas, smoothies, milkshakes, Italian sodas and much more, Debbie Heard says.
People drive over from Thibodaux to enjoy their familiar restaurant, asking when the Heards will move back or open a second location back up the bayou.
“They complain all the time, [asking]why we’re not back in Thibodaux,” says Debbie Heard, who won’t commit to whether they will open again in Thibodaux. “But after the fire, we live day by day. You never know when it will all be taken away from you.”
South Louisiana offers a vibrant culinary scene, with outstanding chefs; ambitious restaurant owners; and an abundance of fresh produce, seafood and meats. It’s no wonder residents incorporate food into every aspect of their lives, celebrating seasonal dishes such as crawfish and rice, honoring culinary flavors in numerous spring festivals and enjoying the popular restaurants that dot the landscape from the Mississippi River to the Texas border.
Here are a few new restaurants that have recently opened in Acadiana.