Pictured is Eugene Manuel as he sits in one of the original booths at the Holiday Lounge in Mamou, which his father T-Ed Manuel opened 60 years ago. The booths, which were originally in the old Archway Lounge in Opelousas, were purchased by T-Ed for the Holiday Lounge in the 1950’s. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)
Pictured is the Holiday Lounge when T-Ed’s business was in full swing. The hotel is seen to the back left, while the restaurant and lounge, built by Chester Landreneau, were attached in the building pictured in the front. Today, only the bar remains open. (Photo courtesy of Eugene Manuel)
It has been 60 years since the famed Holiday Lounge in Mamou first brightened the night sky with flashing lights that welcomed any and all looking to feel like they had escaped to a new world.