Restoration begins on Front Street businesses

From left, the fire that destroyed the Front Street businesses, Mayeauxs, All Tangled Up and the Soapery in April of 2020, windows that were boarded up as the interior of the buildings were demolished and cleared up, and today, April 8, a view through the spring painted front window of All Tangled Up showing workers beginning the rebuilding process. Photos by Brandi Harrington, Hannah Richardson

It appears that there may be restoration of the burned buildings on Front Street that once housed Mayeaux’s Steak House and All Tangled Up Salon. According to the building permits issued during March, Pierson Realty obtained permits for building the exterior shell, or back wall, and dividing wall between 512 and 516 Front.

A permit with a valuation of $297,000 was obtained for 512 that housed Mayeaux’s Steak House. A permit with a valuation of $242,972 was obtained for 516 that housed the salon.

The realty company also obtained a permit with a valuation of $27,680 for a roof at 522, formerly Hello Dolly’s. The realty company also obtained a permit with a valuation of $49,900 for a townhouse at 520 Front St.

This article published in the Weekend, April 10-11, 2021, print edition

The interiors of the steak house and salon were destroyed and the townhouse was damaged by fire April 30, 2020. Clay Mayeaux, owner of the steak house, said he is anxiously waiting for construction to begin since the restaurant closed nearly a year ago. He has ordered equipment such as light fixtures, neon lighting, booths, tables and chairs. The new bar will seat 20 people. He will expand next door where the Bathhouse Soapery & Caldarium was located.

The menu will be similar to the original one featuring prime steaks and many previous favorites. He is adding “to-go” items such as meat pies, boudin, gumbo, etouffee and more. Those permits were part of the March report from Director of City Planning and Zoning Shontrell Roque.

The department issued 61 permits with a valuation of $1,503,622.

Three permits were issued for new home construction. The first was to Mark P. Miller at 116 Fox Run Dr., for $300,000. Two were issued to Rhodes Construction for single-family detached new homes at 409 Robbins Dr., for $120,000 and 1419 West Lakeshore Dr., for $115,000. Both are considered to be “moderate size” of approximately 1,160 square feet. They are similar in design and layout.

Other permits and their valuation were issued to:

•APEX Land LLC, 104 Kyle, plumbing repair, $750

•Dean Derm Investments LLC, 107 Cypress, residential alteration, $35,000

•Dixie Foods of Natchitoches, 1204 Texas, commercial addition and alteration, $25,000

•SBA Towers IV LLC, 117 Mill, commercial tower, $15,800

•Laresi LLC, 705 Parkway, residential addition and alterations, $45,000

•Charles and Linda Raymond, 837 Koonce, residential repair/replacement, $1,000 •Ricky and Sylvia Lacour, 340 Second, residential addition and repair, $29,710

•GVCS Investments LLC, Whataburger sign, 902 Keyser, $20,000

•Fair Properties LLC, 780 Front, roof, $6,250

•Shree Enterprises LLC, 5300 University Parkway, Hampton Inn sign, $3,951

•Henry Berryman, 324 Pearl, roof, $6,000

•Kenneth Poleman, 1543 Salter, residential electrical, $500 •Natchitoches Thomas Apartments, 500 North, commercial electrical, $7,358

•T-Johnny’s Seafood LLC, 5811 Hwy. 1 Bypass, commercial electrical, $900

•LDR Enterprises Inc., 125 Beverly Rise Place, residential electrical, $500

•HL Natch LLC, 904 Keyser, McAlister’s sign, $14,450

•Terra Home LLC, 584 Front, Front Street Marketplace sign, $300

•Curtis Felche, 607 Williams, residential repair/replace, electrical, $25,000

•Maurice B. Martin, 803 Parkway, roof, $3,817

•Robert L. Salim, 1901 Texas, roof, $19,142

•Jeremy P. McCart, 127 Sarah, swimming pool, $40,000

•Diane K. Taylor, 323 St. Maurice Lane, residential addition and alterations, $4,937

•Glenn Moffett, 1545 Berry, roof, $3,000

•Betty Jo Mosley, 636 Elizabeth, roof, $3,200

•Warren T. Taylor Jr., 501 Parkway roof, $3,500

•Aldredge Properties LLC, 2358 Hwy. 6 East, residential addition and alterations, $8,000

•Begona Perez-Mira, 941 Williams, roof, $10,000

•Connie Wafer, 1517 Robson, roof, $2,000

•PBS Rental LLC, 225 South Williams, roof, $13,005

•Michael Banks, 107 Morgan Lane, roof, $3,000