Kelly’s Country Meat Block and Diner may have had a setback after a Tuesday night fire resulted in a “total loss” of the kitchen, according to the restaurant’s Facebook account, but they will still open Thursday morning.
A post on Kelly’s Diner’s Facebook page on Wednesday night informed customers and fans that the store’s butcher shop will be open and that plate lunches will continue on a to-go basis for the time being.
Tuesday night’s fire was quickly dealt with by Opelousas police and firefighters, and while it was contained, the restaurant’s kitchen suffered major damage, the site noted in a reply to one of the comments on its original post.
However, the establishment said in their original post that they planned to “get up and running as soon as possible,” which they appear to be doing.
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A popular restaurant in Opelousas has to close after a fire damaged the premises overnight. However, the company urges its fans not to worry as they will be back as soon as possible.
Kelly’s Diner on S. Union Street posted the update around 10 p.m. Tuesday night.
“Our little diner will be out of action for a while,” they posted on Facebook. “Praise God it wasn’t worse than that!!! Everyone is fine!!”
The post ended with a promise, “We’ll be up and running as soon as possible!”
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In the comments, Kelly’s Diner says the kitchen suffered the most severe damage and was a loss.
Kelly’s Meat Block and Diner in Opelousas confirms that their kitchen was totaled in a fire on March 14, 2023.
Online fans are certainly saddened to see that the diner will be closed for an extended period of time.
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“I’m so sorry to hear that,” said one person. “If we can help in any way, let us know!!”
“Oh no,” commented another. “I’m glad no one was hurt. Hope you get it working again. We love Kelly’s.”
According to the Facebook page, the total loss of the kitchen is a major setback. Her plan is to get the meat block side of the business up and running quickly while the diner’s kitchen is being worked on. The problem, they responded to a comment, is that there is soot from the fire everywhere that needs to be cleaned.
Kelly’s Country Meat Block and Diner
Kelly’s is a 2-in-1 business, with the diner being half and a meat block the other. According to their Facebook page:
Family-owned for 33 years, Kelly’s Diner is operated by Kelly and Elaine Cormier. All recipes were developed by Elaine Cormier and Cindy Leger, who runs the diner. The menu consists of classic Cajun cuisine with an emphasis on preparing homemade dishes with specialty meats available from the meat market next to the diner. This “hole in the wall” is a staple of Louisiana’s former capital, as many of the diners return day after day to sit down and enjoy homemade Cajun fare, such as pork chops, corn and crab chowder, gumbo, assorted po’ boys (e.g. fried shrimp, fried oysters, roast beef, etc.) and our hugely popular barbecue lunches of chicken, brisket, pork steak and pork ribs are all marinated in Mrs. Elaine’s homemade barbecue sauce. The friendly atmosphere and soulful Cajun food offer guests a diner they can step into and feel right at home.
Kelly’s is a very popular restaurant in Opelousas with many fans in and around the area. It is routinely rated highly by its fans. It gets an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars on Google and 4.8 out of 5 on Facebook.
“Everything I’ve ever eaten at Kelly’s has been amazing,” wrote one customer. “Everyone was so nice and friendly and the restaurant was very clean!!! Highly recommend Kelly’s Diner!”
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