Lafayette natives and husband and wife team, Ken & Andrea Veron own and operate historic Café Vermilionville. Ken, a second generation restaurateur whose father, Poncho Veron, founded the restaurant in 1981.
Ken and Andrea have a natural love of serving others and consider the restaurant an extension of their home. The duo both possess restaurant backgrounds – Ken growing up in the business and beginning work at 14 as a dishwasher; and Andrea starting her restaurant career as a hostess at 16. Lifelong lovers of the restaurant industry, they bring a combined – yet unique – skill set to the operations of Café V. Ken’s background in real estate prior to owning the restaurant served well as a foundational knowledge of intricate buildings and their unique ins-and-outs –– rest assured, caring for a structure as old as Café V indeed has it’s challenges.
Andrea’s background in interior decoration and love of historic preservation lends her well-positioned in the know-how required to facilitate the most daunting of tasks, such as renovating the building while keeping historic sensitivities in tact. Together, they work in tandem on the operational side of Café V, and while the responsibilities are endless, and the days long, it is the rare occasion they do not return home to discuss new ideas on how to elevate the guest experience.
Both have a deep love of Lafayette, and work to preserve our special community in their own ways – Ken is the spokesman for Eat Lafayette, and holds a position on the Eat Lafayette board of advisors. Andrea holds a seat as Historic Preservation Commissioner of the Lafayette Preservation Commission, and is a board member of Preservation Alliance of Lafayette.
When able to peel away from the restaurant, you can find the Verons attending live music shows, traveling to favorite places like San Francisco, Charleston, and Sedona, or out camping in their RV with their standard poodle, Carlisle.