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Photograph from Carola Lillie Hartley Collection.

This photo from the past provides us with a glimpse of the corner of Main and North streets in downtown Opelousas in about 1915-1920. To the left, with the buggy parked in front, is DelBuono’s Place . That coffee house claimed to have the best coffee in Opelousas in an advertisement appearing in the Clarion Progress newspaper on February 3, 1928. Declaring it was always good, owner Anthony DelBuono said: “you will enjoy coffee at my shop.” The building that hosted DelBuono’s Place a century ago later became the Main Street Liquor Store for many years. Eventually it became Le Zinc Main Street Bar and Restaurant and today is home to the Arpeggios Lounge and Event Center.

Also this photo shows the Dietlein Building that had become Bordelon Motors by the time the picture was taken, Next to Bordelon Motors is the Knights of Columbus Building.