LAFAYETTE, Louisiana (KLFY) – A family heirloom in Lafayette drew crowds of people to his business to place their orders. Judice Inn on Johnston St. celebrated its 75th anniversary.
Some people lined up along the way and waited at least two or three hours to get their hands on “the best homemade burger.” “We exceeded what we thought we could do, but I got a great group of employees. They really broke their tail today, and I’m thankful for all of that,” said Gerald Judice, one of the owners and general manager.
The business sold everything on its menu for a dollar. There were even T-shirt sales for $15. “Seeing all the people here is great. Knowing it’s the 75th anniversary of this place and the burgers are top notch, I mean why not come to this event, said Tate Guidry, a participant. Judice said: “Our menu is very simple and very basic, but it is as unique as our special sauce. Our burgers haven’t changed in 75 years.”
The restaurant opened in 1947. It has been a local favorite for more than seven decades. “The reason for this celebration is our dad, our uncle, our aunt and my mom. They are the people who started this. Anyone can run a business. When you start a business and make it a success like this, that’s what’s special,” said Judice.
Even dealing with the pandemic, Acadiana’s support has kept the business alive. “When people came back during the pandemic, they felt comfortable. It was like comfort food for them,” she said. “Also, they were able to tell their children and grandchildren how, when they came here in years past, they used to wait for them in cars and eat hamburgers in cars.”
The anniversary put the community in line, but not everyone got to enjoy the taste of the restaurant’s burgers because they had reached capacity. They sold out at 3,500 hamburgers before lunch. “If we could have done more, we would have, but this is a small business; little situation here,” Judice said.
However, Tate Guidry was a lucky person, as he says he was the last person to get a ticket before the restaurant sold out. “It’s pretty surreal to know that we got the last one,” Guidry said. “Knowing that we probably got the last one is great just knowing that we’re going to get ours. It is a special feeling to know that we are part of this event.”
The Judice family offers thanks to the Acadian community. “There’s a lot of good food in Lafayette in South Louisiana. There is a big family here as well, but they know that Acadiana supports this restaurant because they are part of our Judice family,” said Judice. “Acadiana supported this restaurant through thick and thin, through thick and thin, and we just want to thank the public for everything they’ve done for us and all the comfort we could have given them.”