"When I opened it had been closed for four-and-a-half-years," Carter said.

Family-owned restaurant Minnie's Place, located at 206 Railroad Avenue held an exciting, crowd-filled ribbon cutting ceremony on July 19.

2018 has seen new business growth in Donaldsonville, and this opening is nonetheless significant. The restaurant, where Mayor Leroy Sullivan admits to eating breakfast everyday, is open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday-Wednesday, and beginning this week it will be open until 9 p.m. Thursday-Saturday.

"They have eggs, bacon, grits, and pancakes," Mayor Sullivan said.

Minnie's closed their doors four-and-a-half years ago. Owner Joyce Carter reopened the restaurant recently. Her daughter Lynn is the manager.

"When I opened it had been closed for four-and-a-half-years," Carter said. "I love cooking. I cook all my food. I have my helper who does vegetables and stuff, but my main dishes, I cook."

"It's basically like an everyday food like red beans," Carter said. "It's food that people like to eat. I ask my customers what they like and whatever they like is what I cook."

Everyday food means different things to different people. For instance, out-of-towners might be thrilled about Carter's specials like Shrimp Stew, Crawfish Stew, Fried Pork Chops, or Smothered Chicken. She offers sides like candied yams, as well.

Minnie's sits across the street from the well established Grapevine Cafe and just down the Avenue from The Last Chance. While the menu is considerably different from the gourmet seafood and steak offered at the Grapevine, the Chance might see some competition, since Minnie's also serves Hamburgers and Po-Boys.

"We've been open for a couple of months, almost," Owner Joyce Carter said. "This [crowd] is what we have everyday just about. I am so thrilled."

The breakfast price ranges from $6-$10 dollars. The sandwiches are are in the $6-$8 dollar range. Stop in and say hello.

A gallery of photos taken at the event may be found here.