Welcome to Broussard, Louisiana, where we are happy to share our history and hospitality with you all. Not only is Broussard a bustling business hub situated on the major north/south Highway 90 (Interstate 49), but it is also home to over 11,000 residents. Our rich history dates back to 1884 when Valsin Broussard, a prominent local merchant and descendant of exiled Acadians, settled the area. The construction of a railroad line, as well as the development of petroleum mining activity off the Louisiana gulf coast, spurred much growth in our area. Fast forward to 2018, and Broussard continues to be one of the fastest-growing cities in the region, drawing new businesses, tourists and families at an amazing rate.
The Broussard Chamber of Commerce is an active organization whose underlying mission is to “assist in the development and growth of business” in our area. We are, however, so much more than just a business resource. Of course we offer a wide variety of networking opportunities for local professionals, but we are also proud to serve the larger community by supporting various quality-of-life initiatives. Outside of our Chamber programming, which includes breakfast & lunch events and A Taste of Broussard, in 2018 the Chamber will host family-friendly events like the Broussard Independence Day Festival, Noel en Broussard and the Broussard Christmas Parade.
I should also mention our newest attraction, the Broussard Sports Complex at St. Julien Park. This state-of-the-art recreational facility opened in 2017, and has already begun welcoming local and visiting sports teams, as well as anyone looking to cool off at the splash pad. St. Julien Park is open to the public year-round, and will be home to St. Julien Jams, a free concert series that will take place during the spring and fall seasons.
As we look to the future, the Broussard Chamber of Commerce is eager to bring to fruition the Vision 2040 Plan recently outlined by a local focus group and adopted by our city government. This plan will serve as our guide as we work to create a better-connected city that offers opportunities for business development, a revitalized downtown area and dedicated spaces for entertainment.
We exist to support local businesses, as well as to provide high-quality, family-oriented activities that will draw our community together. Broussard is a SMALL TOWN, but we mean BIG BUSINESS!
Jeremy Hidalgo, President/CEO
Owner-occupied housing 79%
Median value of owner-occupied housing $193,100
High school graduate or higher, 25years+ 91.8%
Bachelor’s degree or higher, 25 years+ 35.4%
Median household income $71,250
Per capita income $33,847
Cost of Living
Note: Cost of living indices are based on a U.S. average of 100. An amount below 100 means Broussard, Louisiana, is cheaper than the national average. A cost of living index above 100 means Broussard, Louisiana, is more expensive.
Sources: U.S. Census | Sperling’s Best Places
With a mission to “assist in the development and growth of businesses,” the Broussard Chamber of Commerce leads by example. Better yet, that mission is getting noticed. The Broussard Chamber was named the 2017 Small Chamber of the Year by the Louisiana Chamber of Commerce Executives for its commitment and progress in growing the community.
Putting the community and its members first, the Chamber strategically plans events and programs that help businesses gain exposure and grow. With more than 200 members representing manufacturers, educators, medical providers, real estate agents and many other sectors, the chamber is on the pulse of progress.
Members have the opportunity to build contacts and strengthen their brand by attending monthly luncheons with special keynote speakers, participate in ribbon-cutting ceremonies and attend quarterly after-hours events, which are sponsored by various Chamber members.
Likewise, the Chamber works closely with community partners to sustain and recruit businesses to the area. One of the most alluring amenities the city boasts is its proximity. Broussard is situated ideally along Highway 90, which is perfect for companies doing business
in and around the area. Due to the location of this major thorough-fare, residential developments are bringing new subdivisions to
homeowners and a wealth of commercial spaces for companies looking to relocate and/or expand in Broussard.
One of the Chamber’s most vital partners is the Broussard Economic Development Corporation. The organization’s mission is “to serve the community of Broussard and its elected governing entity by identifying opportunities for long-term economic growth, financial sustainability and a meaningful quality of life.”
Moreover, the corporation embodies Broussard’s small town charm while embracing development opportunities that will positively impact the community as a whole.
The Broussard I-49 Connector plays an important role in the city. The connector, once complete, will link numerous small, medium and large businesses together, improve traffic flow and enhance access to and from Broussard.
While safety and convenience are priorities for the development of the connector, the roadway will also be an easy commute to other transportation hubs like the Lafayette Regional Airport, with services to United Airlines, Delta Air Lines and American Airlines, and the Port of Iberia.
Invest in the chamber and city, because Broussard is “Small Town, Big Business.”
Ask any local for restaurant recommendations, and they are likely to suggest Fezzo’s Seafood, Steakhouse and Oyster Bar. Fezzo’s in Broussard opened two years ago and has been meeting diners’ expectations ever since.
Patrons can pick from a wide range of items, including oysters on the half shell, fried alligator bites, shrimp and okra gumbo, red beans and sausage with rice, a nice selection of flame-grilled steaks, salads, fresh-from-the-Gulf fare, Southern classics and po’boys.
Be sure to check out Pat & Phil’s favorites portion of the menu. These entrees, like the frog leg platter and enchilada and catfish festival, come with a garden salad, roll and side item.
For the little ones, Fezzo’s dishes up hamburgers, fried chicken tenders, grilled cheese, spaghetti with sauce, corn dogs and popcorn shrimp from its kid’s menu.
For a one-of-a-kind local experience, choose items from the Broussard favorites menu. These mouthwatering dishes include crawfish wontons, eggplant pasta, fried crab cake dinner, garlic chili salmon, steak keto wrap and an assortment of cakes and pies.
Leave room for dessert, as triple chocolate cake, bread pudding, vanilla ice cream and a decadent selection of cheesecakes await to satisfy any sweet tooth craving. Specialty drinks like sassy strawberry colada and The Fezzo, as well as a nice selection of white and red wines, martinis and beer complement any meal.
Have an event coming up? Let Fezzo’s cater it. Call the Broussard location to make arrangements for any special occasion, from low key to super elegant. Prior to calling, check out Fezzo’s catering menu, which comes with a selection of choices that ensure every event is a hit down to the last bite and sip.
And for those who simply cannot get enough, Fezzo’s sells some of their products online. Order Fezzo’s seasonings and sauces online and enjoy them at home.
Hours of operation are Monday through Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and on Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Traveling out of Broussard? Fezzo’s also has locations in Crowley and Scott.
For those craving something other than fare from the sea, Broussard has several other restaurants in town, including pizzerias, a donut shop, grills dishing up American classics and national chains.
Looking for a one-of-a-kind find or something to wow a loved one on their special day? While Broussard has well-known retailers like the Home Depot and Walmart, it is also a place to find shops selling a variety of supplies and products.
Those in search of appliances, building supplies, hardware, home improvement needs, office supplies and the like have options, such as Stine, LLC, Shannon Hardware Company, Ltd., PSC Supply and Central Office Supplies, Inc.
101 E. Second St.
Broussard, LA 70518
BJ’s Poor Boys & Plate Lunches
107 N. Morgan
Broussard, LA 705118
Bon Temps Grill
1312 Verot School Rd.
Lafayette, LA 70508
817 Albertson Pkwy., Ste. H
Broussard, LA 70518
Poor Boy’s Riverside Inn
240 Tubing Rd.
Broussard, LA 70518
Ton’s Drive In
101 W. Main St.
Broussard, LA 70518
Billeaud’s Meat & Grocery
111 E. Main St.
Broussard, LA 70518
Young’s Sports Grill
305 E. Main St.
Broussard, LA 70518
1600 W. Pinhook Rd.
Lafayette, LA 70508
1045 Petroleum Pkwy.
Broussard, LA 70518
Fezzo’s Seafood, Steakhouse & Oyster Bar
6701 Ambassador Caffery Pkwy.
Broussard, LA 70518
Chop’s Specialty Meats
1019 Albertson Pkwy.
Broussard, LA 70518
Looking for a great date-night spot? What about a place to spend a day with the family? There is no need to venture too far; Broussard has wealth of attractions that are perfect places to spend some down time.
Built in 1911, the Victorian Plantation is listed on the National Historic Register and is a beautiful site to behold. The home was constructed by Paul Billeaud, who owned the largest sugar cane mill in the state, during that time period.
The home was renovated in 2014, becoming a destination to exchange nuptials or host other special occasions. Whether small or large, the site can accommodate anywhere from 25 to 800 guests.
The grounds of the Victorian are just as breathtaking as the house. The Octavia Formal Gardens is the perfect backdrop for photos, surrounded by seasonal flowers, boxwood hedges, benches and a flowing French-inspired fountain.
Likewise, the gazebo and lawn on the property are home to a beautiful orchard and a gorgeous oak tree. This is a popular spot for weddings and special events, with a well-kept lawn and rose garden.
The park at the Victorian boasts a concrete slab perfect for accommodating all types of weather conditions. It is also outfitted with electrical outlets and water connections.
Lastly, the French Courtyard is a postcard straight out of the Big Easy. Decorated with two large Victorian urns, cast iron water fountains, hedges and flowers, the courtyard is well lit and offers amenities that allow every occasion to go off without a hitch.
For additional information on rentals and packages, visit their website at www.thevictorianplantation.com.
St. Julien Park is THE place to go to unwind in Broussard. From an active sports complex with a host of youth and adult sports, the park boasts an impressive lineup of events throughout the year.
Families can attend the Movies in the Field series for free every Friday night in April. The flicks are outdoors on the soccer fields with children’s activities taking place before the movies. Concessions are available for purchase.
Free to the public and fun for the whole family, the park’s St. Julien Jams is an evening of entertainment! Presented by the Broussard Chamber of Commerce, attendees enjoy live music, refreshments and quality time on the town. Bring lawn chairs and blankets for ultimate relaxation.
The park also hosts National Night Out. The community event brings locals and law enforcement together for a good time. Guests will enjoy refreshments, airbrush tattoos, face painting, fun-jumps, a bicycle giveaway, a meet and greet with police officers and McGruff the Crime Dog and Safety Pup.
Another popular event at the park takes place around Halloween. Local businesses set up holiday-themed trunks and hand out candy to little ghosts and goblins at no charge. On top of candy, families can also partake in fun-jumps, face painting, music and games. There is also a photo booth, costume contest and raffles throughout the evening.
One of the most popular spots in Broussard is also located inside St. Julien Park. The park’s splash pad is great for cooling off during the warmer months and unwinding. There are plans in the works to expand the splash pad and add more amenities.
For a full list of events, check out the park’s calendar at www.broussardsportscomplex.com/calendar.
With a nod to the area’s sweet past, pay a visit to Sugar Mill Park’s iconic structures. Be sure to take a picture in front of the famous sugar gears for a true Broussard experience.
Animal lovers will fall in love with the creatures at Zoosiana, the Zoo of Acadiana. The zoo is home to more than 750 animals. Spanning nearly 50 acres, the zoo’s easy-to-follow paths connect one adventure to the next.
For an out-of-this-world experience, hop on the safari train ride. Here, enthusiasts will see zebras, deer, exotic cats and camels. Other popular stops are the giraffe feeding station, which is open daily, and the parakeet exhibit where you can feed the birds.
Check out the petting zoo for a hands-on experience with some of the site’s friendliest residents. As guests enter the barnyard, they are greeted by goats, llamas, chickens, a cow, a donkey, a pig and a horse.
Step into the jungle to see amphibians, fish, snakes, turtles and lizards. The Jungle Room is one of the zoo’s most popular exhibits.
With weekday and weekend performances, the ZooLive Animal Show is educational and entertaining. Learn more about conservation, wildlife and animals from this stage show.
On top of that, the zoo hosts events throughout the year, including its No. 1 springtime event, the EggstravaganZoo. This fundraising event for the zoo is fun for the whole family, with an egg hunt, small-prize games, candy stations, face painting, sand art and live entertainment.
The zoo is also a great place for a birthday party or other special event. For more information, visit www.zoosiana.com.
Jump around and have a good time at Elevation Station Trampoline Park. This 37,000-square-foot venue boasts trampoline open jump, basketball, extreme dodgeball, an air bag, arcade games and kiddie zones.
Elevation Station also houses party rooms, which are great for birthdays and other special occasions.
No matter the interest, there is always something to explore in Broussard.
Catering to the athletic pursuits of children and adults alike, the Broussard Sports Complex at St. Julien Park is where the community comes to play.
The state-of-the-art complex boasts baseball, softball and soccer fields, as well as tennis and basketball courts. Looking to just get in some training? The complex has practice fields and batting cages too.
Sports offered at the complex include T-ball, youth flag football and softball, as well as adult softball, baseball and soccer.
“The Broussard Sports Complex at St. Julien Park has been a positive influence for Broussard in several ways,” said Ray Bourque, Broussard city councilman and chairman of the board for the Broussard Chamber of Commerce. “First, it has added a several quality-of-life options for our residents: walking trails, youth sports, city events, tennis, basketball and a children’s splash pad are all available to our residents within our park. Secondly our city has seen the beginning of how traveling sports tourism can positively impact our local businesses. Bringing a new customer base into Broussard to help support our local businesses is an important part of growing our local economy.”
Outside of team sports spaces, the complex also houses an amphitheater, playgrounds, a stocked fishing pond, a walking and fitness trail, a splash pad and concessions served up by Bon Temps Concessions.
Tournaments are also a major draw to the complex, including PONY (Protecting Our Nation’s Youth) games, which is a great way to enjoy America’s pastime.
Spanning nearly 125 acres, the complex brings the community together for recreation, unwinding and entertainment.
Aside from recreational opportunities, the complex shines the spotlight on Broussard, helping to grow quality athletic programs, give local youth an outlet, raise awareness for a healthier way of life and enrich the lives of all.
“As Broussard nears the one-year anniversary of the park’s opening, the possibilities of what lies ahead are exciting. Larger tournaments, added amenities to the park and new and more frequent events are all strong possibilities,” Bourque said. “As we begin to plan for 2019, our city government will focus on our two core missions, quality of life for our residents and improving our economy and the decision to invest in the Broussard Sports Complex at St. Julien Park allows us to do both.”
Finding the perfect place to call home or open a business is exciting, and in Broussard, residential and commercial spaces boast an unmatched curb appeal.
Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer or renter, there are many homes that meet all kinds of styles and budgets.
Suzanne D’Ambrosio, Realtor at Van Eaton & Romero, serves on the Broussard Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors and is a top 10 agent. She moved to Broussard about four years ago, became a real estate agent and joined the Broussard Chamber of Commerce.
“You get more for your money here. The location is great, and Broussard is close to everything,” D’Ambrosio said. “There is a lot to choose from and in every price range.”
Known for its hospitality, living in Broussard is more than just an investment. It comes with a sense of community and belonging.
“I love living here. The people are great,” D’Ambrosio said. “There really is something about the people here. Everyone has a genuine desire to help each other.”
From a humble agricultural beginning, and spanning more than a century of family involvement and commitment to land resources, Billeaud Companies today remains family owned and operated, with roots that run deep throughout South Louisiana. The company now owns and operates more than 800,000 square feet of retail and office properties, as well as hundreds of acres for future development.
The development of the Walmart and Home Depot anchored retail center at the intersection of Highway 90 and St. Nazaire Road in Broussard began the retail boom in Broussard. This growth spurred the construction of Celebrity Theatres bringing Broussard its first multiscreen theater on land owned by Billeaud Companies. With this development, the Broussard Retail Corridor along Highway 90 exploded, bringing in national and regional brand stores, such as, Smoothie King, Verizon, Raising Cane’s and Rotolo’s.
Moreover, Billeaud Companies works with residential developers and homebuilders to create exceptional subdivisions in South Louisiana. Recent projects include Cypress Meadows and Sabal Palms Subdivisions, both located in Broussard. These subdivisions boasts walking paths, abundant amenities, gorgeous fountains and green space.
Lastly, Billeaud Companies offers build-to-suit lease options. Through this route, those interested are offered affordable, tailored sites throughout the Acadiana region, an inventory of commercial properties from which to choose, access to Billeaud experts and ongoing maintenance and control of site operations throughout the life of the lease.
Billeaud Companies has been family owned and operated since 1872 and began as a sugar cane and agriculture business. While many things have changed over the last century, one thing has not: Billeaud Companies remains an instrumental part of spurring growth and shaping business communities in Broussard and South Louisiana. The company will continue to stay committed to responsible community building, leaving a lasting impact in the areas individuals live, work and play.
Whether looking for a property to start a life or a business, Broussard offers the ideal address.