Eating home cooked foods, even quickly prepared and served, is a favorite pastime, especially on long summer days when the heat warms up the kitchen. Kids as well as adults like to spend as much of the day outdoors having fun. In the block past the King Joseph Iberia Parish Playground, a locally owned fast food and plated meal drop-in and drive-thru has opened its doors. The official opening was Tuesday with a ribbon cutting and many prayers by several pastors from the Teche Region, even though the owner started serving May 10. Their mission is to do more than provide good food, it provides a way to get to know the neighbors and residents of Jeanerette. Over enthusiastic shouts of joy, they told a part of the story that will carry them forward.

Tell me how this came about?

WJ — This is my wife, Susan Johnson, she is going to tell you about it. SJ — I’ve had this dream since I was 14 years old. When my step-father died, my momma died. She stopped cooking, stopped cleaning, she stopped doing a lot and I had to step up. I started having kids and started learning more. I’ve never had a restaurant but I had a food truck called Susan’s Stop and Go. We opened Snack Shack last Friday. I’m so happy. WJ — Can’t this pretty lady cook? All you have to do is look at me, she can cook. It’s her passion, she loves to cook.

Who and what will you be serving?

SJ — Hopefully everyone, but my specialty is loaded potatoes. I’m a country girl originally, from Napoleonville. WJ — We’re going to sell $5 plate lunches, and fish or shrimp po’boys, all our po’boys are $5. We have a special burger called the Snack Shack burger. It comes with a special sauce. I won’t tell you what it is, but my wife and I worked on that together. I don’t know where you can get a Shack Dog, a hot dog on LeJeune’s buns with French fries, for $3. Also, we have a Lil’ Shack Meal. Susan’s cousin got killed last Wednesday, Peyton. He crawled out in the street and got run over. We’re dedicating Lil’ Shack to Peyton. It consists of a hot dog, or nuggets, or corn dog for $3.

How did you come up with pricing?

WJ — It is all based on the people we know we’re going to serve. That’s what we’re here for, to serve and make sure everybody can eat. SJ — I not only want to feed the community, but I want to serve the community. When you get blessings, it’s not for you to have, but to give back. That’s what I want to do. WJ — We want the community to know. We’re not just here to take, we’re give to give back.

Councilman Napier what would you like to say?

I’m so excited to see new business pop up, especially in Jeanerette, but also the parish. We’re so ecstatic to see that they are opening up and hopefully everybody will come out and get probably the best hamburgers in Jeanerette.

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