(The Daily Advertiser) – The owners of a local barbecue restaurant are calling it quits after eight years in business.
Gary Roy and Marilynn Adams say the August flood is what ultimately caused 2Paul’s Radically Urban Barbeque to close forever.
They said the local economic downturn and recent openings of chain restaurants also contributed to their decision to close the restaurant.
“It’s very, very, very, very bittersweet to close something that means so much to us,” Adams said. “But then, on top of that, it’s so hard to see how disappointed and crushed our customers are. We appreciated their business all along, and we hate having to hurt them by closing.”
While taking care of business at the restaurant Wednesday, Adams had to turn away one of her regular customers who had not heard about the closure.
“Wait, Buddy,” she said with a sadness in her voice. “We’re closed”
“What? What happened?” he asked.
“Just the economy and the flood,” Adams said. “We couldn’t do it anymore.”
“Oh no,” he said.
“I know,” she said. “I know.”
“You were my favorite.”
This is one of many similar conversations that have taken place this week. It’s been difficult for Adams and Roy to say goodbye to regular customers and staff of about 17 employees.
“We’re through crying now,” Adams said. “We’ve cried a lot over the past couple of days. We’ve had staff crying. They were devastated. So many of them had been here for years. They know they can get a job anywhere, but they loved their job and the place and the people and everything.”
2Paul’s opened in 2008 at 2668 Johnston St. C-4 in Lafayette. A second location opened in Broussard in 2013 but closed in 2015.
Adams and Roy, now 68, never planned to open a restaurant. They attended grade school together in Lafayette and dated in 10th grade but lost touch for about 40 years.
When they reconnected 10 years ago, Adams and Roy learned of their shared love of cooking for family and friends. They soon married and decided to listen to the advice of others to open up a restaurant.
The base of 2Paul’s menu came from Roy’s expertise in slow-smoking and home-cooking. The brilliance of the menu came from Adams’ instinct to create something that “set them apart from the glut of restaurants with tin walls and peanut shells on the floor.”
Roy and Adams set out to combine big-city barbecue with down-home Cajun cooking for a restaurant like no other.
All that was left was finding a name for the barbecue joint.
The idea to name the restaurant 2Paul’s came from Roy when he realized that his middle name — Paul — was also Adams’ middle name, although hers is spelled Paule.
“You all have meant so much to us,” Adams wrote on Facebook. “We will never forget these eight wonderful years, nor the hearts and hands that shared them with us.”