The Return of a Long Lost Friend


ituated on the Westbank of the Tchefuncte River just north of the Madisonville draw bridge sits Friends Coastal Restaurant. Friends was a quaint and much beloved pit stop for the many that enjoy spending time on the water in Madisonville and the surrounding waterways. Many would pull up and tie off the boat and stop in for a snack, a drink and the latest gossip from the river.

In 2012 Friends suffered a catastrophic storm surge from Hurricane Issac. Fast forward to August of 2013 just as plans were about to be enacted to rebuild Friends the structured suffered a fire that destroyed the remaining structure.

Many who had loved and laughed over a cool drink at Friends worried that their favorite watering hole had been lost forever. Well, here we are in the spring of 2015 and those worries have dissipated like the thunder clouds on a muggy Louisiana afternoon. Friends Coastal Restaurant has returned. Only now the long lost friend that has returned is that of a matured more focused version of its old self. The new friends now will boast over 25000 sq. feet and can accommodate up to 300 guests. A more refined menus and drink list will accompany the open dining area that will double as an event venue. Plans are in the works for a docking area and river level deck and bar so you can pull your boat right up and grab a bite. Patrons will be able to tie one on while you tie off.

Welcome Home, Old Friend!

Madisonville, LA

Submitted by
Nate Walker
RE/MAX Alliance
Mandeville,  LA

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