The owners of Johnston Street Java and JR Educational Supplies will soon open a business they say is unlike any other in Lafayette.
It’s part coffee shop, part eatery and part student center.
“My motto is ‘Come to the country in the middle of the city’ because it’s so peaceful and quiet out here,’” said co-owner Peter Martin.
On track to open next week, Cafe 329 is on Luke Street near Dulles Drive, an easy walk from South Louisiana Community College.
The cafe will serve the same coffee menu as Johnston Street Java, which uses coffee beans from Orleans Coffee Exchange. The food menu will include pizzas, po’boys, kolaches, pastries, salads, barbecue and more.
Manager Theran Hash plans to serve breakfast, lunch and dinner in the cafe, and he says his pizza and kolaches will come in sweet and savory options.
“We may have invented something that we can go bigger and further with,” Hash said. “The opportunity is here. It also gives back to the community and the community college.”
Hash would only reveal his po’boy and salad options, saying that he wants to surprise customers with his sweet and savory kolaches and “meats and sweets” pizza menu.
Po’boy options include fried shrimp, grilled chicken, pot roast, ham and roast beef, supreme club, Italian, steak and pork. Salad options include grilled chicken, fried or grilled shrimp, and house.
Cafe 329 will be open seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. and will offer drive-thru service for its full menu.
With 4,000 square feet inside and 3,000 square feet of covered patio, Cafe 329 will offer seating for up to 200 people. The airy, open atmosphere and large tables will allow for mingling and conversation.
“You want people to get to know each other,” said Sara Vickery, manager of Johnston Street Java. “It’s supposed to be a place to eat, but there’s also no real commons area (at SLCC).”
The family is working hard this week to finish last-minute touches on the cafe and hopes to open Monday morning when students begin classes for the fall semester at SLCC.
“We didn’t invent coffee. We’re just taking it a step further and making it better,” said Martin with a laugh.
“And putting it all together,” Vickery added.
“We are the bomb,” Martin said. “I toned it down a little bit. We are the bomb.”
Sneak peek at Cafe 329’s menu
Hot coffee menu
Cafe au lait
Cold coffee menu
Sucre (frozen coffee)
Fried shrimp – dressed with mayo, lettuce and tomato
Grilled chicken – mustard, lettuce and tomato
Pot roast – slow-cooked roast, plain or fully dressed
Ham and roast beef – lettuce, mayo and pepperjack cheese
Supreme club – roast beef, ham, turkey, Swiss and American cheeses
Italian – salami, ham, provolone, mozzarella, topped with Italian dressing
Steak – beef steak, provolone, onions, mushrooms, bell peppers
Pork – slow-cooked pork roast dressed with mayo, lettuce and tomato
Grilled chicken – lettuce, tomatoes, homemade croutons, sliced eggs and honey mustard dressing
Shrimp – fried or grilled shrimp over a bed of lettuce, sliced tomatoes and sliced eggs
House – ham, turkey, roast beef, mozzarella and pepperjack cheeses over lettuce, tomatoes and eggs