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Crown Point restaurant changes name

Frenchman’s now Crown Point Barbecue

Owners Cindy and Joe Bodette have changed the name of Frenchman’s Restaurant to Crown Point Barbecue Restaurant and catering.

Owners Cindy and Joe Bodette have changed the name of Frenchman’s Restaurant to Crown Point Barbecue Restaurant and catering.

— Crown Point has a new restaurant. Well, not really...sort of.

Frenchmen’s Restaurant a long-time fixture on Main Street has a new name. Owners Joe and Cindy Bodette have changed the name of the eatery to Crown Point Barbecue Restaurant and Catering.

The new moniker better reflects the business and its new focus, Joe Bodette explained.

“We started the barbecue/catering business last year and it’s been a tremendous success,” he said. “The barbecue has been wildly popular so we’ve decided to try and broaden our appeal at the restaurant.

“We’ll continue to offer a traditional American menu in the restaurant, but now we’re also serving barbecue,” he continued. “We’ve basically combined the two businesses (the catering and the restaurant).”

Located at 2749 Main St., Crown Point Barbecue is open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. It can be reached by calling 597-3545 or by Email at crownpointbbq@cptelco.net. It’s online at www.crownpointbbq.com.

The Bodettes have owned the business since 2004.

The catering portion of the business takes wood-smoked, slow-cooked food to wedding receptions, graduation parties, family reunions and other events.

“Last year we were so successful we had to turn down several opportunities,” Bodette said. “This year we’ve made the investment in a second set of equipment and can now do two events at a time. The barbecue has been so successful we thought it made sense to bring it into the restaurant.”

Along with a new name, the restaurant now has a new, expanded menu featuring barbecued pulled pork, beef brisket, chicken, ribs and more along with its traditional fare.

“When you look at our area there are a lot of very good restaurants offering basically the same menu,” Bodette said. “They are all good restaurants, but now we have something that sets us apart, something different.”

Bodette said barbecue, long a favor dish in the south, is growing in popularity.

“There seems to be a lot of enthusiasm for barbecue,” he said. “It’s proven to be quite popular.”

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