Customers began lining up outside shortly before the doors officially opened Thursday morning at the newly-completed McAlister’s Restaurant located at 685 Creswell Lane in Opelousas.
Once inside, diners seated themselves and began ordering and were promptly served items from the McAlister’s traditional menu offerings of soup, salad, sandwiches and potatoes.
Assistant manager George Lewis stepped outside before the doors were unlocked and briefed the entering customers on the restaurant procedures and offerings, while employees handed out brochures on how to order online and by using phone apps.
Lewis said the grand opening event ended six months of construction work and preparation for the restaurant which he indicated can seat a maximum of 86 diners.
McAlister’s in Opelousas will open daily at 10 a.m. and close normally at 10 p.m. Lewis said.
McAlister’s corporate officials, said Lewis, decided that Opelousas would be an ideal business location, since some of the customers at McAlister’s restaurants in Lafayette and Broussard are from Opelousas.
“We saw that people were commuting from Opelousas to our other locations in the Opelousas area, so we thought this would be a good place to build a new restaurant,” Lewis said during an interview.
Sonny Adkinson is the store employee trainer, while the general manager is Don Powers, Lewis added.
McAlister’s. Which can accept online orders, also has locations in West Monroe and Natchitoches in addition to the Lafayette, Broussard and Opelousas restaurants.