Nouvelles de Villes: News


Shucks! Expanding to Lake Charles

The owners of the popular Abbeville seafood haven, Shucks! are opening a new restaurant concept in Lake Charles, Shuck and Boil, later this year. The expanded menu will include signature oyster dishes, new Cajun creations and boiled shellfish.

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The Dogs are BacK

After a one-year hiatus, Lafayette’s only dog parade, Krewe Des Chiens, returns Feb.23, following a change in the organization’s leadership (


Calling All Ya-Yas​

The Books Along the Teche Literary Festival announces Rebecca Wells, author of “Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood,” as its 2019 Great Southern Writer and main speaker for the April 5-7 fest. Wells will bring her stories of female friendship and mother-daughter relationships to audience members during a special presentation April 6 at the Silman Theater (tickets are limited: Eventbrite;


Smithsonian Exhibition

The Smithsonian Water/Ways exhibit opens Feb. 24 at the Jeanerette Museum featuring music by the Landry Brothers Band under the museum’s pavilion and the artwork of L’Acadian Art Guild on view ( 


New Jobs 

Global manufacturer VEGA Americas is making a $22.4 million capital investment at the Ascension Commerce Center in Geismar, where an advanced manufacturing facility will be built, creating more than 160 jobs in Ascension Parish and surrounding areas (

Nouvelles de Villes: News

New Poké Places, Ramen with Music 

Poké Geaux, the Lafayette restaurant that brought the poké craze to Acadiana, opened a Houma location in January (1753 Martin Luther King Blvd.) featuring the popular Hawaii-inspired “sushi-in-a-bowl” fare. A Lake Charles location (4750 Nelson Road) opens in early March. Poké’s owners also opened Izumi Ramen Noodle Bar & Grill in January (2201 Kaliste Saloom Rd., Lafayette) featuring small plates, a full bar with TV screens and live music weekends.


Music on the Lake

The eighth season of Live at the Lakefront, a free outdoor music series featuring top Louisiana bands, an open-air art market, food trucks and food booths from local restaurants, takes place Fridays, March 15, 22 and 22 at the Lake Charles Civic Center Arcade Amphitheater (900 Lakeshore Drive;


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