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A little Louisiana parish for Albany

By Bethany Bump
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Red Square, the live music club in downtown Albany, is rebranding and expanding to become Parish Public House, a "Louisiana Eatery, Drinkery and Live Music Venue."

Located at 388 Broadway, Parish Public House will be open for lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays and 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, with later bar hours. Live music will continue at the venue most Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, with an event menu available during shows.

Parish Public House founder Francis Verret grew up in New Orleans but was driven out by Hurricane Katrina. He settled in the Capital Region where he became the proprietor of Red Square in 2006. Over the years, he dreamed of expanding the business to include a Cajun restaurant and bar that would serve "tried and true" Cajun specialties and Louisiana's favorite cocktails, according to a news release.

"We're going to build out own little Louisiana parish right here in downtown Albany," Verret said.

The menu will be based primarily on recipes from his time growing up in New Orleans — po boys, etouffee, jambalaya, gumbo and more.

A grand opening will be held Thursday at 8 p.m. with music by special guest Eric Lindell & CO.

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