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Beyonce Orders 150 Po'Boys from Parkway
Beyonce returned to New Orleans Sunday night to perform in the Superdome for the first time since her Super Bowl blackout performance. Queen Bey left the sold-out Essence Festival crowd satisfied after a hit-sparkled 90-minute performance. Apparently, she didn't want to leave her team hungry, either. Sasha Fierce ordered herself and her whole entourage po'boys from Parkway Bakery (538 Hagan Avenue), and the sandwich specialists made an exception to their “no delivery” policy to accommodate.
The Bayou St. John spot is no stranger to famous visitors, as President Barack Obama famously stopped by the shop for a shrimp sammy and gator gumbo on the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and the Federal Flood. As ever, Beyonce's rider list was much longer than POTUS.
Parkway owner Justin Kennedy said Beyonce ordered 150 sandwiches, of all varieties.
“Shrimps, Reubens, capreses, catfish, they ordered everything off the menu. We brung the restaurant to them,” Kennedy laughed.
As any Mid-City resident who has ever had a latenight hankering for surf and turf can attest, Parkway doesn't deliver. But they made a special exception for Beyonce. The star's team required a police escort for the delivery process, Kennedy said.
According to the owner, the kitchen was working with a four-person team when Beyonce called. Kennedy had to do some finagling to get his guys to step up to the plate.
“I told them she was coming to pick them up,” the owner laughed. “One of the guys asked if he could go home and shower.”
Beyonce’s entourage ordered at 9pm, and they had their sandwiches by 11:30pm, an impressive wait time when one considers a small staff, Essence Fest traffic, and police barricades.
All in all, Mrs. Carter is crazy in love with Parkway. “Beyonce’s secretary called and she said, ‘Everything was wonderful, and they loved it,’” Kennedy said.
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