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Papa Dubi’s Restaurant Brings New Orleans to Albertville

In the mood for a taste of New Orleans? While there’s no other place like New Orleans in the world, it’s possible to experience the city’s unrivalled ambiance, culture and cuisine without leaving Alabama. Step inside Papa Dubi’s Cajun-style restaurant in Albertville where Chambless King Architects have helped to bring a bit of the Big Easy to town.

The family-owned restaurant, which specializes in Cajun recipes passed down through the generations, was so successful that it twice outgrew its original location in Guntersville. So Chambless King designed a new $2.4 million, 5,500-square-foot standalone building in Albertville to accommodate the growing business, which is said to be the first indoor/outdoor dining experience in Marshall County.

The U-shaped building, with its main box in black corrugated metal, includes a dining area and outdoor covered patio that surrounds a central courtyard. The main dining room is defined by low-dividing walls and features high windows to bring in natural light and views of the courtyard.

A full bar wraps from the covered patio to the interior with beer taps connected to the walk-in cooler. The kitchen and bathrooms buffer parking from the dining area and allow guests to interact through the drive-through window.

Diners undoubtedly delight in the dining area’s Mardi Gras-inspired color palette and portraits of Roman Catholic saints adorning the purple walls, the décor a homage to New Orlean’s rich heritage. Bright yellow chairs are used for both inside and outdoor seating.

“We did a purple, green and yellow vibe, but in a subtle and modern, color-block way,” notes Jared Fulton, the project’s lead architect, “and the Catholic saints. It’s an interesting culture.”

The building’s interior consists of exposed, stained glulam beams. Cedar is used to emphasis key features of the building such as the entry, drive-through window and outside courtyard. Vertical stainless-steel cross bracing on the open patio serves as a trellis for a wall of Ivy to grow. The gravel waiting area contains locally sourced rocks that customers can sit on.

The rear of the site was designed to allow for future expansion, such as a bar annex, amphitheater for live music, children’s play area and space for community crawfish boils. The outdoor covered area takes up a quarter of the total footprint, evidence of the commitment to make Papa Dubi’s an even more popular food and entertainment destination.

While much of the work done by Chambless King Architects is in urban areas, the firm is looking increase its presence in smaller towns, says Fulton, and Papa Dubi’s is an example of that.






*Article Written by Jessica Armstrong and Images Courtesy of Rob Culpepper


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