What started as their daughter’s high school project is now a full-fledged business.
Oscar and Theresa Rodriguez of Luling opened The Little Acai Cafe in Luling last Saturday. They are already local business owners – the two opened Wee Bounce Inflatables in 2007 – but a unique inspiration to serve healthy fare on the west bank of St. Charles Parish was sparked for the two this past fall.
‘It’s funny,” Theresa said when describing how the café got started. “Our daughter goes to Hahnville and took an entrepreneur class at the beginning of the year. She had to create a business and go through the whole process of making a business plan, and then they did like a mock Shark Tank at school. I helped her with it all and as we were going through it I thought, ‘Man, I think we really have something here.’ That’s how it all started.”
Theresa said for the past nine months the family has worked on opening The Little Açaí Café, which is located at 12895 Hwy 90 Suite E in Luling.
“We went through a lot of trial and error to create the recipes,” Theresa said of herself, Oscar, their daughter Elisa, and son Elijah. “Elijah is a personal trainer and nutritionist, so he has had a hand in helping us to create things that are good and good for you.”
As for Elisa, Theresa said she is excited to see her vision come to life.
“All of these things that she learned … she’s excited to see it all come into play,” Theresa said. “We took it and we ran with it.”
The cafe will serve freshly made bowls, smoothies, juices, sandwiches, health shots, salads, and more.
“Come in and try it,” Theresa said. “Justbecause it’s healthy doesn’t mean it does taste good. It’s really a treat to try a bowl … it’s addicting.”
The cafe is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.