Laura's II Cafe
Madonna Broussard’s grandmother, Laura Williams Broussard, started her first restaurant in her home kitchen in 1968, which was likely Lafayette’s first soul food plate lunch restaurant. A second location was eventually built and run by Laura’s daughter in law. When the time came, Madonna decided to pursue the family business and cook things “the Laura’s way,” and in 2000, Laura’s II was born. Today, Madonna keeps many of Grandma’s original recipes intact, and continues the family tradition of passing on her culinary knowledge to her children.
Woolworth on 5th
Chef Matt Farley, Executive Chef of TomKats Hospitality Group, began his culinary journey in upstate New York at the age of 17. He moved to New York City in 1995, where he worked his way up in the kitchens of some of the Big Apple’s most lauded restaurants. After studying at the French Culinary Institute, Chef Farley became the executive chef at the eclectic Noho Star, a New York City institution.
Chef Farley remained at the Noho Star for seven years until he was offered the unique opportunity to run a USDA facility, where he oversaw product development for retailers such as Whole Foods Market and Trader Joe’s.
In fall of 2009, Chef Farley moved his family to Nashville, TN, and after two and a half years of working with TomKats’ owner Tom Morales at the iconic Loveless Cafe and Farmhouse at Fontanel, Chef Farley brought his diverse experience and true love of food to The Southern Steak & Oyster (Esquire’s “Best New Steakhouse in America” 2012 and Restaurant Business’s “Top 100 Independent Restaurants” 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018). At The Southern, Chef Farley collaborates with catering and restaurant veteran Morales to craft a menu where every dish is inspired by cuisine that’s “south of somewhere.” When Morales decided to open his next project, Acme Feed & Seed (Thrillist’s “Best New Restaurants in America” 2014; Nashville Scene’s “Best New Bar” 2015 and Restaurant Business’s “Top 100 Independent Restaurants” 2016, 2017, 2018), Chef Farley was the natural choice to once again helm the kitchen. The multi-concept venue required a variety of menus, which Farley created with inspirations ranging from fast-casual street food on the first floor to easily shareable, updated takes on Southern tailgate favorites for the second floor bar/lounge. Chef Farley continued his partnership with Morales leading the kitchen at Fin & Pearl, a sea-to-fork restaurant with an emphasis on sustainably-sourced ingredients and practices located in The Gulch (Nashville Lifestyles
“Best New Restaurant” 2017). Most recently, Chef Farley worked with Morales on the historic restoration of Woolworth on 5th, which opened in February 2018 as a welcome table of Southern roots and rhythm.
Make a Reservation
Call Woolworth on 5th at 615.891.1361 or book online with Resy for a Tuesday, October 9 dinner reservation.