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Boudin Jalapeno pizza

The MCM Eleganté Hotel is hoping a new concept will entice guests to order pizza in-house and also capitalize on sales opportunities outside the hotel.

Itza Pizza, which opened Saturday, April 1, is serving hotel guests, dine-in customers, and delivering to a whole new market through the Waitr app.

Located inside Hemmingway’s Café, Itza Pizza sold over 300 pizzas in its first week, said Matt Peterson, food and beverage director at the MCM Eleganté.

The concept is the brainchild of hotel GM Steve McGaha.

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Kim Phelan (pictured) and Regina Rogers are spearheading a mental health initiat

Civic, business, and community leaders and health care professionals, social workers, law enforcement officers, and educators all converged at Broussard’s Centre’ Thursday, March 9 for the announcement of a new mental health initiative being spearheaded by Gift of Life founder Regina Rogers and Kim Phelan. 

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Richard Seja definitely had the worker in mind when he set the hours of operation for Kimmy’s Cafe.

The restaurant, which officially opened its doors at 2950 Jimmy Johnson Boulevard in Port Arthur Tuesday, Feb. 28, fires up its grill bright and early at 4 a.m., perfect timing for refinery workers who are looking to stop in and grab a bite on the way to work in the wee hours of the morning. Kimmy’s hours are Monday-Thursday from 4 a.m. – 10 p.m. and the restaurant is open 24 hours on Friday and Saturday. On Sunday,  it closes at 10 p.m.

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Last summer, the new 5,000-square-foot Rodair Roadhouse opened at 6701 Jade Ave.
The Combo Platter includes grilled, blackened or fried catfish, five jumbo shrim

For decades, there was a Cajun hangout in Port Acres that was a great retreat for Southeast Texans who enjoyed good music, dancing and spirits after a long workweek. After establishing itself as a staple in the Cajun community for 39 years, the fun ended when it closed in 2004, and Hurricane Rita finished off the famous Rodair Club.

Last summer, the Rodair Roadhouse, which named its restaurant and bar in tribute to Joe Thibodeaux’s famous club, revived his legend and added its own special touch — a great menu of Cajun dishes.

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Natalie Sfeir

Natalie Sfeir, a sophomore speech/language pathology major from Beaumont, envisions a future where people with dementia are no longer ostracized for their disease.

“My ultimate goal is to help prevent institutionalization of those with dementia. I want to play a role in providing a better life for them — a life where they can go about doing normal activities, a life where they can remain, to some degree, independent,” she said.

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