Katrina Evacuees Help Open Creole Restaurant In Hub City - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/29/07

Katrina Evacuees Help Open Creole Restaurant In Hub City

On the two-year anniversary of Katrina, one family here in Lubbock is closing on the sale of their home in New Orleans.

As you may remember, Hurricane Katrina smashed into Louisiana and Mississippi killing more than 1,600 people and leaving thousands homeless. Soon after, more than 400 survivors arrived in Lubbock with the city spending more than $1.5 million on relief efforts.

The Henry's came to Lubbock intending to stay with their son and his family for a week. But two years later they're still here and dishing up the flavors of New Orleans.

Beverly Henry, who goes by Mamma Bev, says, "We had come out here several times because of the hurricanes. But we always sure went back. But, this time the Lord said no."

That inspired their son Twain to bring the flavor of the Big Easy to Lubbock. He opened Twain's Creole House in downtown Lubbock the winter of 2006.

Twain said, "Today is jambalaya and this is the jambalaya we prepared. It's my recipe."

Out of Twain's kitchen comes about four entrees and two desserts each day.

"You have to focus on what you're doing. And if you do too many things, you have things tasting alike. Then I'd have to get into it with my mom," added Twain.

But it's not just the Creole flavors of the kitchen. The hardwood floors, family photos and music make you feel like you're in the heart of New Orleans.

"It doesn't give me a chance to miss New Orleans, because a lot of what I did in New Orleans I do out here. I did a lot of cooking in New Orleans," Mamma Bev said.

If you were hoping to dine at Twain's for dinner, you're out of luck. At this time, they're only open for lunch, but they do have plans to expand to Sunday brunch.

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