Nouvelles De Villes April
It’s a Geaux
If you’ve been looking for the new Surfside Poke, the owners decided to change the name to Poke Geaux before opening it in the former Wok-A-Licious slot (4302 Ambassador, Suite 102). There’s been no change on the Hawaiian-inspired menu, featuring raw fish and build-your-own bowls. The young staff is super-friendly. A snazzy new seafood restaurant with a sleek bar and a dining area resembling a boat, Fiery Crab (2330 Kaliste Saloom Road; fierycrab.com) opened in March, and specializes in low country-style boiled seafood that’s served in a bag. Also new and seafood-centric are two all-you-can-eat spots, Sushi Masa (at the former Copeland’s, 3920 Ambassador) and Wasabi Grill & Sushi (Caffery Center, 4510 Suite H on Ambassador and Kaliste Saloom). Coming soon to that area is LaserTron, a multi-level laser tag arena inside Acadiana Lanes (3227 Ambassador).
Ascension, St. James
Recent celebrity sightings at a dozen South Louisiana filming locations, from Donaldsonville to New Orleans, have tongues wagging about the upcoming Netflix movie, “The Highwaymen,” that wraps in April. Oscar-winner Kevin Costner and Oscar-nominated Woody Harrelson star as the cunning, legendary Texas Rangers who gunned down Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow in Bienville Parish in 1934. Director John Lee Hancock (“The Blind Side”) is implementing a bold new script setting the record straight about the ruthless robbers who were glamorized in the 1967 “Bonnie and Clyde” classic. The new narrative is from the lawmen’s perspective. Of the reported $49 million budget, $34.8 million is being spent in state, with $10.4 earmarked for Louisiana payroll. “The Highwaymen” is scheduled for an October release.
Tops in Tourism
The state tourism commission awarded Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou (the Lafourche Parish tourist commission) Convention Bureau of the Year. President and CEO, Timothy Bush, says 2018 will see the completion of a renovation at the visitors center that will include a true interpretive exhibit with virtual reality components.
Broussard Plans are underway and bids are going out for a new Billeaud Elementary School in Broussard that will be located at the corner of Fairfield Drive and Marteau Road. The two-story, 91,000-square-foot school will be designated as the centerpiece of a large new residential and commercial development.
3 Festivals for April
1. Acadiana Po-Boy Festival
Held the first Sunday of April each year, the Acadiana Poboy Festival celebrates the tasty sandwich while promoting the culture and hospitality of Acadiana through music and food. Over 25 local vendors will be in attendance, as well as crafts, live entertainment and activities for all ages.
2. Festival International De Louisiane
Celebrating its 31st year, Festival International de Louisiane holds the largest international music and arts festival in the U.S. Over the five-day festival, festivalgoers can catch workshops, theater performances, visual art displays, music and food.
3. Downtown Lake Charles Crawfish Festival
Each April, the Crawfish Festival is held in promotion of the history of crawfish, awareness of the season and how Louisiana has benefitted from the seafood industry. Visitors can experience games, music and local restaurants and food vendors.