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Viva La Waffle will open Wednesday at 101 Liberty Ave. 

Viva La Waffle, the former food truck that closed in 2015, will open in its new physical location off Kaliste Saloom Road on Wednesday, owners said.

The popular brand will open in the former Dix Daiquiris location at 101 Liberty Ave., said Gus Rezende with Social Entertainment, which bought the building last fall. The restaurant is co-owned and operated by Lafayette restauranter Collin Cormier and his wife, Jasmyne.

It’s the long road back for the food truck concept, which Cormier noted put on pause when he opened Pop’s Poboys in downtown Lafayette. Since then, he noted, his business partners continued a drum beat of asking Viva to return with its savory and sweet items folded in a Brussels style crisp waffle.

“They handled my business, and this is the one thing they kept (saying): ‘You need to revisit Viva,’” Cormier said this morning. “It all kind of came together to do this now. Turns out this thing has had the most rabid cult following. It hasn’t faded with the times, it seems. We always say restaurants have customers, but Viva has rabid fans.”  

The restaurant will feature many of its more popular items from its food truck days along with new items, including the Rosceaux (buttermilk fried chicken with spicy honey drizzle), the Figgy Piggy (local fig preserves, prosciutto, goat cheese and arugula) and the Caprese (fresh mozzarella, sliced tomatoes, pesto mayo and balsamic drizzle).

Other items will include garlic butter waffle fries and sweet potato fries with cinnamon and sugar.

The restaurant is still interviewing and hiring employees, Cormier said. About 30 have been hired with another 10 to be added.

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