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The Little Big Cup
149 Fuselier Road, Arnaudville
Arnaudville is located at the confluence of bayous Fuselier and Teche east of Grand Coteau and north of Breaux Bridge and Cecilia. Over the years the historic town has developed into a vibrant arts community with the NUNU Arts and Culture Collective developed by artist and native son George Marks, Tom’s Fiddle & Bow and several arts-related festivals.
There are locally owned and operated restaurants in town, including Russell’s Food Center with its popular plate lunch special. But the opening of The Little Big Cup café and coffee shop in the heart of town was like a shot of espresso, pumping life into the community and providing a gathering place that’s open well into the night.
The café is run by Kevin Robin, an Arnaudville native, and his New York-born partner Sanjay Maharaj. Robin’s family owns Russell’s, which includes a catering business, so the two envisioned opening a café with the catering business inside, Maharaj says.
After The Little Big Cup opened in October, the response was overwhelming; the café’s lunch and dinner specials were just as in demand as their coffee offerings and desserts, Maharaj says. Since the restaurant end has taken over, the partners have purchased the building next door and moved the dining area there while keeping the original space as a café, with comfy chairs and couches. The catering business will continue out of the expanded kitchen, and there is now outdoor seating by the bayou.
What has made The Little Big Cup so successful, Maharaj says, is the reasonable prices and the specials in addition to the set menu. The café provides well-balanced meals for $5, he says, plus experiments with specials such as offering Chinese once a week since Arnaudville doesn’t have a Chinese restaurant.
They are currently working on obtaining a liquor license for the dining area.
“So far it’s been going really well,” the New York transplant says, adding that he loves his new home. “People are so nice, the food is wonderful, and I have more time to enjoy the simple things of life.”