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Furloughed Acadiana man partners with best friend to make dream a reality

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Posted at 8:32 PM, Sep 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-20 00:08:59-04

LAFAYETTE — Like thousands of other people across the nation, Kennan Brown was furloughed during the pandemic. That same day, his best friend of five years had good news for him.

"The day he got the news he was no longer employed, I gave him the news. I got this started, let's take it from here, and let all things go" Brandon Brown said.

For years, Brandon and Kennan have shared a passion for cooking and dreamed of starting a food truck together.

"It was like do you want to get down, and start this? It just so happens, we both agreed and ran with it," Kennan said.

Months after being laid off from the oilfield, that dream has become a reality.

"The day I got laid off, we started to form AwwShucks," added Kennan.

On Saturday, with help of friends and family, they served char-grilled oysters to dozens of customers at their newly opened food truck. They're a popular item that Kennan has always felt there isn't enough of in Lafayette.

"Brandon is from New Orleans so he actually showed me how to do char-grilled oysters," Kennan explained. "I was playing around with them when people started telling me I should sell them."

Now, these business partners hope others will be inspired.

"We do not have any restaurant experience so this is a very new adventure for us," Brandon laughed.

"Try. You won't know until you try. For so long I talked myself out of trying. When you get somebody in your corner, like Brandon was for me, it was more reassurance and positivity I needed to hear," Kennan added.

AwwShucks has plans to be open several times a month. Although the specialty is oysters, Kennan said they will add more to the menu. Follow them here.