Kelly Fontenot stood outside the Penguin Cafe on Wednesday morning, her arms full with two pitchers of freshly brewed coffee. She offered some to anyone waiting.
Almost every table was occupied, with customers enjoying the signature banana pancakes and breakfast burritos alongside the penguin kitsch that adorns the walls and counters.
"I Will Survive" played over the stereo, possibly chosen through one of the mini jukeboxes placed on the bright blue front counter.
Fontenot couldn't say whether the weekday rush was due to the normal summer uptick, or if it was due to the recent news that the owners, Michael and Sabrina McMurray, received July 14.
Just two weeks ago, the McMurrays discovered that what they assumed were concussion symptoms in their 11-year-old son William was actually a brain stem glioma, an inoperable brain tumor.