By the end of January or first of February, if all goes well, the community of Pierre Part will welcome the opening of a brand new restaurant — the Pierre Part Café-Seafood and Steak — located in the fully remodeled Chedotal’s grocery store at the foot of the Pierre Part Bay bridge on La. 70.
Melissa Pirnar from Kentwood, currently a resident of Le Dock in Pierre Part, has leased the store from Lilian Chedotal and is in the process of turning the building into a large café complete with dining area overlooking the bay, kitchens, banquet and conference rooms, bandstand and even a museum. A café jingle has been recorded by Pierre Part’s own Don Rich.
Pirnar eventually will have about l8 employees, but, perhaps, the most important one already on the roster is the chef. Patrick Martinez graduated from the John Folse Culinary Institute at Nicholls State University, interned in Paris, worked under John Besh in New Orleans and most recently was the sous chef under Donald Link at Herb Saint in New Orleans. He is the son of Tibby and Renee Martinez of Napoleonville.
Martinez plans to feature a general Creole and Cajun cuisine with such delicacies as grilled and charbroiled oysters with lemon-garlic butter, hand cut rib eyes, seafood platters, pasta dishes, a daily chef specialty and house made sauces. He plans to promote fresh, local ingredients as well. A buffet style lunch will be offered with traditional southern dishes.
Pirnar, an experienced businesswoman, was in Pierre Part some months back, scouting out a possible location for a totally different type of business, saw the for rent/lease sign in the window of Chedotal’s store, which has been empty for several years and struck a deal with the Chedotals.
The Pierre Part Café-Seafood & Steak restaurant will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. A brunch will be served on Sundays at a time to be announced closer to opening. Meals may be ordered and picked up at a side door if desired. Lunch deliveries for businesses will be available. Pirnar says it is likely the café will remain open later on Fridays and Saturdays. Eventually, an area outside the main building may become a small seating area for diners who want to enjoy the outdoors.
A very special feature of the Pierre Part Café will be the visitor attraction center or museum, housed inside the café. This will be an area to showcase local crafts and offer tours of various sites. Pirnar has made contact with Allen’s TV Cable to be onsite when a particular event is featured. She also urges anyone in the area who has an idea for a craft to be displayed or has an idea for a tour to contact her at 985-474-4277. She is interested in the possibility of offering tours to go frogging, alligatoring, fishing, turtle farming, shrimping, sightseeing or other activities.
Another special event will be the Wednesday night show featuring a local person demonstrating their particular skill. Pirnar especially would like to promote a female-owned business. The Pierre Part Store will also be showcased with a cooking segment the same night. Also, the Wednesday night shows will be followed by local talent.
The Pierre Part Café’s official opening will be announced in area newspapers.