These were taken during my recent trip “home” to South Louisiana. I did not have my camera with me (how could I leave home without it?) – these were taken with my phone. Not as clear as I would like but they will to suffice until my next trip.
History indicates Chester’s started in the 1930s as a grocery store for the loggers and millers of cypress trees. After further progression, and dwindling of cypress, the establishment transformed from providing provisions for logging camps to a place where people gathered under bare bulbs to enjoy the fare.
Chester’s Place – Cypress Inn in Chacahoula was a traditional Saturday night or Sunday afternoon outing with my family. It was located virtually in “middle of nowhere” surrounded by cypress trees and swamps. For all intent and purposes, it still is … except with the building of interstate and road improvement – our trip was shortened to 25 minutes compared to the 45 minutes when we were younger. From all appearances, the place is in a time capsule … it has not changed one iota in 40-50 years … from the grounds, the building and the menu … famous for fried chicken, frog legs and thin-thin onion rings. Chester’s does not advertise, and relies strictly on “word of mouth” and repeat visitors.
When I was young, the adults entered the dark bar area (door ‘neath the sign) – to the atmosphere of neon signs, jukebox music and beer … the side door provided passage to the restaurant. I remember my Dad disappearing into the bar area to pay the bill, and emerging with Hershey Chocolate candy bars. For this trip we entered through the “mystique” of the bar … but of course, it was late afternoon and the sun was still shining. We did not stay until dark. We will have to revisit to investigate.
I am happy to report Chester’s is in the same family … at present, the great-great granddaughter runs the restaurant. The onion rings and chicken are as I remember.
It was not until after we left, I remembered the missing touch to completing the “childhood memory” — Barq’s Root-beer … next trip!!!
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