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This really isn’t a PotD post – instead this a devastation of the day post.  It is a very well known fact (amongst our friends) that Julia and I LOVE going out to eat at our fave little diner in Grand Isle: CRAVING!  No matter what we eat there, we love it.  It’s “our” place.  It really is.  We bring my mom there every year for her birthday, we go for our birthdays, we go every week.  When Lauri sees us and she calls out, “It’s the girls! Hi girls, this is what’s for dessert!”  You see, that’s our running joke because Lauri is the Queen of the Dessert.  Today, my mom called to tell me that Cravings was burning and it wasn’t looking good.

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At 1st we didn’t move.  Then we said, “We’re going.”  We wanted to make sure that Lauri and Lee were okay.  As we got to the scene Julia pointed to someone that looked like Lauri.  I wasn’t sure.  But, yes, it was.  She’s wiping her eyes, holding her head and this was only the beginning of the gut-wrenching, heart-breaking day.

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There is no words to convey or explain how it must feel to lose everything.  For two years, Lee and Lauri have struggled to make this business successful.  Right before Christmas, Rachel, their beloved waitress, was in a horrific car accident and passed away.  Each time we walked in, we missed her, but we WENT anyway.  To support Lauri and Lee, and I’m a lot like Dean Winchester on Supernatural if you can make me a bacon cheeseburger to die for, I’ll eat there forever.  And they deliver, each and every time.  We would go out to eat there all the time, sometimes JUST for dessert that is how decadent it is!  So good. (and these are just a few, my Facebook friends see the posts every week of the desserts and the food!)

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This is one of Lee’s creations an its so good!  There are chicken tenders, some bacon and a whole lotta other stuff NOT on our diet – but, its oh so very good!

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That was the strawberry chocolate cake that we had last week, we went JUST for dessert.  And to say Hi, the week never felt complete unless we saw Lauri and Lee.

I hope that if they can, Lee and Lauri rebuild.  And I hope that the folks of Grand Isle, and the St. John Valley, pitch in and support them, and all the other people who have always said, “Oh I want to go, but I haven’t yet!”  I jokingly told Lee that we could use this as publicity and he smiled, little does he know my mind spins like no one else’s.  Their income is gone, the place they called home 4 days a week is gone, the people that they saw every week won’t be there every week.  They have lost a huge chuck of their lives.

I know that Julia and I will be there if they need stuff hauled away, painted, or if they just need a shoulder to lean on.  Things like this can be devastating but sometime there is a cosmic plan.  Our thoughts are with you, Lee and Lauri and we are here when and if you need us.

Love “The Girls”.

PS to show everyone support, please share this blog on your Facebook, Twitter, etc.  And then ask ppl to friend: Cravings! – on facebook!  Just to show our support!

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Comments on: "The Loss of Cravings-3.15.2012" (15)

  1. Sara Caldwell said:

    This is a very nice thing to do for Lee and Lori. I do agree everything was very good and will be missed. Love to you both!

    • Thank you – and I hope we can get this blog spread, and a ton of LIKES on their facebook page, just that little encouragement might help a little.

  2. Tammy Beaupre said:

    Janet that was beautiful, and although I live more than 450 miles away we always look forward to having a meal or two when in town. Our thoughts & prayers are also with Lee & Lauri as well as all of you too. I agree with the cosmic plan and only time will reveal what that is. Tammy & Mike Beaupre

  3. Lynne Byers said:

    Janet, I have never met you, but want to send a big hug and thanks to you for your support to Lauri and Lee for the loss of their restaraunt (Cravings) today. I was in tears to read what you wrote, I pray that they will receive the love and support from other people who are as good as you, they have worked so hard for the restaurant. When I scrolled through the gutwrenching pictures of the fire it broke my heart when I saw the picture of Lauri walking across the street, I wish more than anything I could give her a big hug right now, Lee too!
    Thank you for looking out for them because I am a lot of miles and 8-9 hours away.
    Love,
    Lynne (Lauri’s sister)

    • Thank you, Lynne! I’ve heard about you, Lauri’s spoken of you before. Julia and I both gave her hugs and I gave Lee a big one before leaving him the last time I saw him around 5pm. I completely think we can turn this negative into a positive and use this to promote Cravings! I will pull strings, talk to people (I have a friend with contacts at the state paper) and that they should rebuild and celebrate it! We’re still in shock. We’ll keep in eye on them. I told Lauri she was gonna have to make dessert and we’d go over and I’d leave her a big tip! I’m sure you’ll be getting a call from her soon. Hope to meet you someday!

  4. Jennifer Berube said:

    I have never been to Cravings but I am heartbroken to read this story that my friend posted. I would like to suggest that the owners of Cravings pursue Kickstarter.com as a way to get funding for the rebuilding process. I have another friend who has started a business with the help of this program.

    I wish Lee and Laurie strength, and hope for new beginnings at this very sad time.

    • Thank you so much, Jennifer. The SJV is such a small, family place. Lee and Lauri are sort of like family now. The look in Lee’s eyes was heartbreaking today, but I kept telling him “It could have been worse, you could have lost a life, customers could have been in there.” He agreed but it’s very hard. I will pass along the .com, thank you!

  5. TO whom it may concern, I would like to thank the girls for being there for them, at this time of needing so much support. Vet!s Diner brings back alot of memories, because I worked there at the age of 13 yrs.old. It sure want be the same but, we must make new dreams & souvenirs. LEE& LAURIE like many times I heard before, it!s only materialistic stuff, it!s replaceable. You both are okay that what counts. even though it!s very hard, we!ve got to move on. Again to you both I!m sorry for loss, if theres anything my husband and I can do let.us know. your cousin ann marie cormier

    • I think, Ann Marie, that Lee and Lauri know that they have supporters all over now and they won’t hesitate to ask (and if they don’t, I think we’ll all force them to take help). If they rebuild (and I hope they do) we’ll be there for the clean-up, the building, the painting, and we’ll be there opening day. That’s how a true community works. Thank you for your kind words :)

  6. Amy Fontaine said:

    Just wanted to correct something… Sorry. It’s not Sam that eats the bacon double cheeseburgers… It’s Dean. ( I love Supernatural ) very nice story you put together though. Thank you for sharing the pics. Jan. you always have great pictures of the fires that take memorable places in Lille and grand isle. Your always right there to give us the scoop. Thank you!

  7. Brenda Theriault said:

    Very nice article Jan. You’re very talented at what you do and also have a big heart.

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