Employees of fire-ravaged restaurant unsure what their futures hold

Zydeco's employees unsure of future

BOUTTE, LA (WVUE) - The owners of a burned St. Charles Parish restaurant say they'll meet with employees over the next few days. The State Fire Marshal is investigating the Memorial Day fire at Zydeco's, a popular eatery on Highway 90.

Rosemary Gainey looked at the charred pieces of the business that she and her husband spent almost a decade building.

"I'm really gonna miss this place," said Ama resident Lee Simpkins.

"Soft shell crabs, shrimp, oh, it was real good and they were real nice people, you know," said Beverly Boyd of Luling.

Zydeco's had 50 employees who were off on a holiday Monday when the fire started. Manager Heather St. Amant and others filmed as fire devoured the place they loved.

"The ones that were there when they tore the front sign down, we all had a moment. We all cried. I still want to cry now. It was hard," she said.

Zydeco's still has a presence in St. Charles Parish - a seafood market down the road. Heather says employees will find out soon what help owners can give them.

"All of our employees do know we will be in contact with them in the next few days. It's grieving time for everybody," she said.

Fire officials say it took 500 gallons of water a minute or more to get the fire under control. The fire will be remembered as one of the toughest area firefighters have seen because of multiple roofs on the structure.

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