The coronavirus pandemic has claimed yet another business as K-Paul's Louisiana Kitchen in New Orleans announced on Monday that it will permanently close.

The restaurant's owners released the following statement:

With gratitude for many happy and successful years, the management team of K-Paul's is regretfully announcing permanent closure of K-Paul's Louisiana Kitchen.

The decision to close the restaurant came after repeated closures this year due to the state and local mandated business restrictions. The restaurant has been most recently been closed since May.

K-Paul's was started up in 1979 by Paul Prudhomme and his wife Kay Hinrichs Prudhomme. Back then, the restaurant was a 62-seat restaurant on Chartres Street in the French Quarter.

It would ultimately become a national sensation with capacity growing to over 200 with a packed house every night.

Chef Paul's niece, Brenda Prudhomme, along with her husband Paul Miller (the restaurant's executive chef), worked alongside the world-famous chef for years. They would assume running the restaurant after the chef's passing on October 8, 2015.

"We learned from the best and will always be grateful for the vision and passion of Chef Paul and Kay," Brenda Prudhomme said.

“We have been blessed and honored to serve our customers who have become family through shared stories, breaking bread with jalapeno cheddar yeast rolls and raised martini glasses,” said Prudhomme. “We will also treasure the memories of all of our amazing staff members over the years, knowing that they will carry a piece of K-Paul’s with them for the rest of their careers.”

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