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Mark Cole and Jimmy Guidry
Don’s Specialty Meats
104 Louisiana HWY 726
Carencro, LA 70520
Louisiana native Mark Cole sold cars for twelve years. In 1992, he went into business with Don Menard, opening Don’s Specialty Meats in Carencro, Louisiana. Mark managed the money, Don the meat. Boudin was one of their specialties. After just a couple of years in business, Don left to open a grocery store. Mark stuck with his investment, hiring a new butcher, Jimmy Guidry. In 2005, Mark decided to open another Don’s Specialty Meats in the town of Scott. There, Jimmy arrives before dawn to make 1,500 pounds of boudin each day. He has to, because customers start pulling in off of the interstate for a breakfast of hot links as soon as they open for business at 6 each morning.