July 29, 2002 - "House of Fine Cuisine And History"

Long famous as an historic building, a century-old Slidell home has started a new life as a restaurant. Fritz Salmen, one of the founders of Slidell, built this house right across Front Street from his lumber and brickworks. That was in 1895.

These days the 6,500 square foot mansion is on the National Register of Historic Places. Chef and owner Terry Patton says, "Being in the catering business, the restaurant is new to us. That's a challenge itself."

For 50 years the name Patton has been synonymous with fine catering across south Louisiana. Janet Patton adds, "The grandeur of the house itself, the history behind it, the location in Old Town Slidell, the historic part of Slidell -- it's just always been something of an attraction in Slidell."

Which is why Terry and Janet selected the Salmen-Fritche home as the site to open their new restaurant.  "We do a lot of tours," says Janet. "We're real proud to show the house and give the history behind it as well as add our own history to it, our own chapter."

Terry says of the home, "It's beautiful. It's got that old southern charm." Executive chef Ryan Ware adds Asian and Moroccan cuisine to Creole cooking to make dinner at Patton's memorable. Patton's is open for lunch Tuesday through Friday, dinner Tuesday through Saturday, and Sunday brunch.