Friends Coastal Restaurant in Madisonville has been an abandoned building for close to two years.  Part of the problem for the seafood restaurant was the parking, noise and litter which hindered the nearby residents.  The community was not a suitable fit for the large restaurant.  Fortunately, the building along the Tchefuncte River was purchased by Greg Lala and Steven Guidry of Dixie RV SuperStores.

The proposal for the 27,0000-square-foot building to be renovated into a DixieRVSuperStoreRefurbishmulti-use complex was approved at Madisonville’s planning and zoning commission meeting on December 4, 2018. The new structure will include corporate office space and different types of eateries. Mayor Jean Pelloat is in agreement with Lala and Guidry.

“This type of mixed-use development with offices appears to be our best chance to get this building back into commerce,” Pelloat said.

The two business men plan to move their corporate headquarters to the building. The third floor will house the Dixie RV SuperStores CDixieRVSuperStoreorporate Headquarters while the remaining space will be for the eateries.  The second level will be an upscale restaurant and the lower level will be an open-air venue with casual eating served from Airstream concession trailers.

Unlike Friends, who hosted bands that play loud music late into the night, the new establishment will work under the town’s noise ordinance closing all food service no later than 10pm.  The first level open-air venue would stop serving food at 8pm and the music would not be amplified.

“This is not going to be a fly-by-night restaurateur,” said Lala, a St. Tammany Parish resident. “We don’t want to be Friends (restaurant). We want to be good neighbors.”

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This 80’s themed bash is hosted by the Mandeville High Baseball Boosters.

Mandeville High Baseball Team Presents The 2nd Annual Booster Bash

When: January 19, 2019
7pm – 11pm

Where: Castine Center
63350 Pelican Drive
Mandeville, LA 70448

What: $100.00

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Enjoy an evening of dancing, great food, drinks, games and a silent auction in Mandeville.

Mandeville Project Graduation Winter Concert Fundraiser

When: January 26, 2019
7pm – 10pm

Where: Castine Center
63350 Pelican Drive
Mandeville, LA 70448

What: $50.00

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Come camp the weekend at this convention in Mandeville.

Camp Voodeaux

When: January 18 – 20, 2019

Where:Fontainebleau State Park
62883 LA-1089
Mandeville, Louisiana 70471

What: $95.00 – $115.00

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See Kirk Cameron live in Covington.

 Living Room Reset

When: January 24, 2019
6pm – 10:30pm

Where: First Baptist Church Covington
16333 LA-1085
Covington, LA 70433

What: $18.75 – $50.

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Get a healthy jump on the new year in Slidell.

A Healthy Start 2019

When: January 5, 2019
9am – 1pm

Where: Hartzell Mt. Zion Social Hall
41040 Hwy 190 East
Slidell, LA 70461

What: Free Event.

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Celebrate the life and poetry of the Scottish poet and lyricist Robert Burns at The English Tearoom.

Burns Night

When: January 18. 2019
7pm – 9pm

Where: The English Tearoom & Eatery
734 East Rutland St.
Covington, LA 70433

What: $40.00

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Join the 9th annual fundraiser that supports special needs in St. Tammany.

Cards 4 Kids

When: January 26, 2019
7pm

Where: Tchefuncta Country Club
2 Pinecrest Dr
Covington, LA 70433

What: Tickets $75.00.

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Come enjoy Arbor Day festivities in Mandeville.

Arbor Day Celebration

When: January 18, 2019

Where: Northlake Nature Center
23135 Hwy 190 East
Mandeville, LA 70470

What: Click Here for More Information or call 985-626-1238

The 8th annual St. John Fools of Misrule Feast of Fools and Street March will be in Covington.

8th Annual St. John Fools of Misrule

When: January 12, 2019
5pm

Where: St. John District
Covington, LA 70433

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