Four recent UL graduates are among the newest business owners near campus.
Kitchen on Klinton is now open and taking the place of Linebackers on University Avenue. The four former students are now living out their dreams.
“Kitchen on Klinton: it started two years ago out of our house on 1117 Clinton Street. We, kind of, started just for fun, cooking wings and eating them because we all liked them. Eventually, our friends kept asking for it to the point where we realized we could open a successful business,” Corey McCoy said.
The business left the cast iron skillets on the stove top and moved into a food truck– a transition that grew their business more than they expected.
“First starting off with the food truck, it was going steady, then after that, the food truck just started picking up. I’m talking about, like, it just started getting crazy, and people just started spreading the word everywhere,” Avery Bell said.
The word spread so far that even businesses in the area were affected.
“We were buying so much chicken at one point that we went around to all the Walmarts in Lafayette and cleared them out of their fresh chicken. It got so bad that they stopped selling us chicken. As a matter of fact, Sam’s [Club]brought us a cake today because we use to buy so much chicken from them,” McCoy said.
The men say they have no regrets. With Friday’s grand opening of their brick and mortar location, they are reflecting on how far they’ve come.
“We are really thankful for the opportunity to be examples to all the younger men and also the men our age. It’s a lot of other people doing a lot of great things in the city, too. We are just grateful enough and blessed enough to get the exposure,” McCoy said.
The food truck will still be used at night.