Pappy's Cafe

Chef Adam Ancalade fires up the kitchen at Pappy’s Stowaway Cafe to serve shrimp stew.

Pappy’s Stowaway Cafe and convenience store plans to open in the former location of Bootsy’s and Smay’s on West Pine Street Sunday for full-service hours, said co-owner Callie Hines on Friday.

Hines, who owns the business with her mother Suzette, said the family was targeting this week for opening so they can serve dishes that go along with the Catholic observance of Lent following Mardi Gras on Tuesday.

The restaurant had a soft-opening on Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a limited menu of their signature dishes plus a kids’ menu.

“We’re doing a small event today,” Hines said Friday, “so people can try us out and we served a daily special of shrimp stew, which was my grandfather’s favorite, just in time for the first Friday of Lent.

“We’re going to close down on Saturday to prepare more for Sunday when we will be open for full-service hours from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.,” she said.

New signage should arrive by next week, she said. The winter weather this week caused a delay in the delivery.

On the full menu, Hines said customers can expect to see gumbo, po’ boys, burgers, and Cajun dishes.

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