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August 03, 2005


For Immediate Release
August 3, 2005

Turning is a Big Deal in Lafayette, Louisiana
Popular Restaurant is Still a Trend Setter

(Lafayette, LA.) - 20 years ago the Ambassador Caffery Parkway area was just developing. The Mall of Acadiana (then Acadiana Mall) wasn't even 10 years old. The Cajundome hadn't even been open for a year.

The economy was plummeting to record lows as energy-dependent businesses in Acadiana went bankrupt at rates that still make local business people shudder.

There weren't any restaurants on "that" side of town and no grocery stores. Fernwood subdivision didn't exist. Festival International de Louisiane was still two years away from launching.

Free-standing restaurants in strip shopping centers were unheard of and food as an entertainment concept - suffice it to say food in Acadiana was more of a sport.

Charley G's restaurant is turning 20 in a couple of weeks. This is no small feat in today's saturated food scene especially for a locally-owned restaurant.

Restaurateurs Charlie Goodson and Ken Veron were doing well with their Café Vermilionville restaurant. They found a good market for discriminating tastes because of the influx of oil industry executives from large metropolitan cities. In 1983, they thought it was time to try something different. That's when Charley G's was conceived.

The design of the restaurant was unique for its time: exposed kitchen, food as entertainment, not just a meal was a novelty, along grilling over hardwoods and a diverse wine list. The master, Spiros Zakas, Zakaspace, designed the first bistro-like restaurant in the market. Charley G's was a one-of-a-kind at the time.

Goodson, who is now the principal owner, says that Charley G's exists for quality dining in a casual atmosphere. "We guarantee the freshest food made to order and cooked to perfection," said Goodson. "Entertainment has been a concept from day one. The actual restaurant design with an exposed kitchen is the beginning of our entertainment."

The signature logo was designed to include "since 1985" because the founders were sure it would stand the test of time and the challenging economy. "We wanted people to know how long the restaurant was around," said Goodson. "At first we were the new kid on the block and now we're considered long-timers."

Charley G's, www.charleygs.com, is located at 3809 Ambassador Caffery Parkway in Lafayette, Louisiana.

Atmosphere

Deep tones with stained wood, mixture of ceramic tile and carpeted areas with booths, banquettes and tables. Upscale bar area with a wide assortment of specialty liquors, liqueurs and cigars.

Charles Goodson Principal Owner

Principal owner of Charley G's Seafood Grill, Charles "Charlie" Goodson, has over 30 years experience in the restaurant industry, starting with Judge Roy Bean's, continuing with Café Vermilionville, Hub City Diner and of course Charley G's. Charlie has sold his interest in all but Charley G's, which will turn 20 years old this year. He has received several honors through his association with the Acadiana Restaurant Association including Restaurateur of the Year in 1987, 1988 & 1994. He was elected president of the Louisiana Restaurant Association in 1998 and awarded Restaurateur of the Year by the LRA in 1998. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the National Restaurant Association.

Designer Zakaspace

An internationally known design firm with more than 20 years of experience, Zakaspace specializes in total concepts for the hospitality industry. Zakaspace has designed over 300 restaurants, hotels, and food service operations. The impressive list includes well-known restaurants such as: Ambria, Ed Debevix's, Houston's, Atlanta Fish Market, Pano's & Paul's, The Pump Room, Shaw's Crabhouse and, of course, Charley G's Seafood Grill.

Contact: Julie Calzone 337.235.2924 extension 3
Charlie Goodson 337.981.0108

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