Chill-House Yogurt and More will be opening its doors this May next door to the Snap Fitness just in time for summer vacation.
After years of complaining to his wife that there were no places to go for dessert in Maurice, owner Jules Breaux decided to take the dairy bull by the frozen yogurt horns and has decided to take the plunge into running his own business alongside his business partner Dr. Pete Van Duzee.
“There’s nothing in the community as in desserts. The closest place would be the Sonic at East Broussard and the closest frozen yogurt shop is Yobe in Youngsville,” Breaux said. “I would always complain as we have four kids and need something. Since one never just appeared, I decided it was finally time to take that leap of faith and do it.”
Breaux has many years of experience in the food service industry and in management. He started working at The Riverfront in Abbeville at 16 and said there was where he fell in love with the industry. He would then go on to get his hospitality degree and MBA at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, working in the food service industry throughout.
He notably was a front house manager at Posado’s and the housing director and interim food for 10 years and interim food and beverage manager for a few years as well before leaving the position in July.
Breaux said Chill-House will be more than your average frozen yogurt shop. The 1,550-square-feet location will have 800-square-feet dedicated to seating with board games for the kids, a drive-thru and a more subdued aesthetic than most yogurt shops with cooler coloring, granite table tops and higher-end furniture.
“Chill-House is primarily a frozen yogurt shop, but it’s going to be so much more than that. We want it to be a place where people can come hang out and chill, literally and figuratively,” Breaux said. “We’re going to have board games, acoustic nights featuring local artists and we want to support other local businesses by possibly partnering up with local food producers to create unique yogurt flavors, but that’s still in the works.”
Breaux said supporting the local community is also a big part of why he’s doing this.
The graphic work was done by a local artist and even though they haven’t opened yet, they’ve already sponsored two local soccer teams through the local youth athletics programs.
Originally published in the Acadiana Advocate, February 7, 2020