June 3, 2002- Judice Inn -- Serving Up Burgers Since 1947

It's a mom-and-pop burger joint that's still going strong after half a century of grilling patties. Alcide and Marc Judice opened the doors of their eatery on Johnston Street in Lafayette in April of 1947. Your guess is as good as any as to just how many burgers have been flipped over this grill in the last 55 years.

Gerald Judice is the son of co-founder Marc Judice. He has been running the Judice Inn for 20 years and says it's not the number of burgers which has made the place a dining tradition for 50 years, it's the love and the pride which goes into the making of them. "There are children and grandchildren of people who have come in over the years," says Gerald.

Then there is the story of Terry Arrmentor, who brought his family here from Mesa, Arizona. He grew up in Lafayette and, as he tells it, "I have been coming here since I was five years old. It wouldn't be a trip home without coming to the Judice Inn."

Gerald Judice says consistency in the menu is the secret of success, to which you could easily add one family's pride and dedication.

The Judice Inn is open from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. every day but Sunday. It's at 3134 Johnston St.