Burgers, office space and perhaps even a grocery store are coming to the Southdowns area at Perkins Road and Acadian Thruway.
Groundbreaking is set for Oct. 31 for a new two-story retail and office building where The Caterie once stood in Acadian-Perkins Plaza; while Burgersmith, a Lafayette gourmet burger restaurant, will open next door in an existing building already home to an AT&T Store and office space.
Burgersmith, boasting “hand-crafted hamburgers,” along with chicken, hotdogs, ice cream and locally produced beers, plans to be open Oct. 24, said Jon Claitor, who owns the property and is developing the new retail and office space.
A standard burger at Burgersmith sells for $5.79, according to the restaurant’s website. Fries cost $1.50. Burgers can be piled with fancy add-ons like organic ketchup and chipotle mayo for another 75 cents.
In other news regarding Acadian-Perkins Plaza, the shop housing Halloween Express will be vacated in mid-November, possibly making way for a grocery store, Claitor added.
“We are negotiating with two grocery chains for this space,” said Claitor, who would not name the potential tenants.
The new building set to rise on the old Claitor’s Law Books warehouse will be 18,800 square feet of retail and office space.
Retail will be on the first floor, with office space on the second floor, renting for about $29 per square foot. A 21,000-square-foot 98-space parking garage is also part of the project.
A liquor store is expected to occupy one of the retail spaces, while The Caterie’s return to this location is still somewhat up in the air, Claitor said.
“At the moment, The Caterie is in limbo while the ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) is still investigating the fire that is presumed to have started on the second floor of The Caterie,” Claitor said.
ATF officials could not be reached for comment on Wednesday.
The Caterie was destroyed in a New Year’s Day fire in 2010.