Chef Bobby & Dot are proud to be one of the official caterers for Grand Opera House.
Tucked away in the heart of historical downtown Crowley, Louisiana sits one of the most unique second-story opera houses still standing. Built in 1901 by David E. Lyons, a livery stable owner and deputy sheriff, the Grand, as it was named then, was referred to by the Daily Signal as a “beautiful little playhouse.” Costing a mere $18,000 to build, Mr. Lyons carefully constructed his masterpiece using virgin Louisiana cypress, pine, and oak. This mostly wooden structure was accented with pressed tin tiles and hand-painted angel medallions in the four boxed seats. The Grand was known as the place for entertainment and hospitality. Used mainly for vaudeville and minstrel performances in the earlier days and for silent movies and talkies during the later days, the Grand attracted people traveling through the south, specifically those passing through Crowley via the railroad, which was located just a few blocks from the opera house. For the 39 years it remained open, notables such as Enrico Caruso, Babe Ruth, Clark Gable, Huey Long and Madame de Vilchez-Bizzet of the Paris Opera were just a few of the famous to grace the Grand’s “mammoth” stage. Luckily for the 69 years it was closed, the opera house was left nearly untouched and luckily well preserved.
Following a $4.5 million dollar renovation and restoration under the direction of architect Donald J. Breaux, this masterpiece was brought back to its original splendor, and the Grand Opera House of the South reopened its doors in 2008. In addition to keeping its historical authenticity and beauty, the opera house now serves as a fully functioning, state-of-the art performing arts venue. And in accordance with its mission, the Grand Opera House of the South is once again bringing stellar performances to its audience using established, emerging, and local artists.
We are here to discuss your menu and your event with you to make sure that all options are considered and that your perfect day is PERFECT! Begin by choosing your menu choices below and then printing it for your records. Then send it to us via email. Be sure to include your telephone number so we can reach you to set up a free consultation and answer any questions you may have. Call Chef Bobby Breaux at 337-643-1144.
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