Parish: St. Martin
Location: Breaux Bridge
Marty Guidry: About 1953 Mulate Guidry moved his Rendezvous Club from Henderson to nearby Breaux Bridge and renamed it Mulate’s. Mulate’s was both a restaurant and dance hall located at 325 West Mills Avenue (LA Highway 94) in Breaux Bridge. In 1980 Kerry Boutte purchased Mulate’s and expanded it. In 2011 it was purchased by the long-time manager Jimmy LaGrange and renamed Pont Breaux’s, but it’s still the same fine Cajun restaurant and dance hall with some of the best Cajun bands playing there. I remember hearing Oran “Doc” Guidry, the premier Cajun fiddler, playing there in the 1980s. Old dancehall before- moved there for restaurant & added onto.
Mentioned in “Louisiana Fiddlers”: Lionel Leleux played there in the Mulate Playboys with Don Montoucet, U.J. Guidry, and Sim Schexneyder. Previously known as The Wandering Aces, the band changed it’s name after beginning to play at Mulate’s after Lawrence Walker’s death in 1968 from a heart attack.
Outtakes of Alan Lomax’s “Cajun Country” show Octa Clark and Hector Duhon playing there in 1983: