Saturday, February 24, 2024
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Randol’s Restaurant to Open in Former Mulate’s Location

Frank Randol Purchasing Mulate’s in Breaux Bridge

LAFAYETTE, LA – Frank Randol, longtime owner of Randol’s Restaurant and Seafood Processing in Lafayette, Louisiana, has acquired the former Mulate’s/Pont Breaux property in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana. The cash sale is expected to close next month.

Frank Randol
Photo courtesy of Frank Randol

Located at 325 W. West Mills Avenue in Breaux Bridge, the land is large enough to accommodate all of Randol’s operations, including a restaurant, dancehall, and processing plant. The new restaurant will be called “Randol’s.”

Jimmy LaGrange of Cecilia, Louisiana, will be the general manager of Randol’s new location.  LaGrange has a long restaurant history, including twelve years with Randol’s in Lafayette and twenty-five years with Mulate’s in Breaux Bridge.

Randol has a long history in the seafood and restaurant business. In 1971, he launched a seafood processing facility in Henderson, Louisiana. Randol moved operations to his family’s property at 2320 Kaliste Saloom Road in Lafayette in 1980. That same year, he opened Randol’s Restaurant and Dancehall at this location. Since the 1984 New Orleans World’s Fair, Randol has been a catalyst in promoting Louisiana tourism.

After celebrating 50 years, Randol’s Lafayette restaurant closed in November 2021. The site was sold to the owners of Superior Grill. “We feel that we may have a longer role to play in the recovery of tourism post-COVID,” Randol said. “Reopening the site in Breaux Bridge may be the symbolic spark that helps rekindle the flame.”

For years, Randol’s was known for “fun, food, and music,” Randol said, “where the young and old let the good times roll.”

“We are excited to learn of Frank Randol’s new endeavor,” said Ben Berthelot, President & CEO of the Lafayette Convention and Visitors Commission. “For fifty years, Randol’s welcomed visitors from around the world, giving them an opportunity to become immersed in and fall in love with our culture. There is no question Frank can pull off a similar experience at the new historic location, and we look forward to the positive impact this will have on the tourism industry.”

Details on the new restaurant are pending.

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