PITTSBURG — Want some southern cooking? Take a trip down south — South Broadway that is — and visit Mandy’s Place.
Mandy’s Place, located at 206 S. Broadway, in Pittsburg, serves red beans and rice, jambalaya, shrimp creole and more. The restaurant is open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The restaurant is the lifelong dream of Pittsburg resident Mandy Duncan. She opened Mandy’s Place at the end of September.
Duncan said it has been quite the journey opening a restaurant, but she’s had great support from the community and all of the service providers — including CDL which helped with signs, HVAC and more, she said.
“CDL gets a huge thanks from me,” Duncan said. “They have been a blessing.”
Inspired by family trips to Louisiana and Mississippi, Duncan said she wanted to open a place which takes people to the South, both in taste and sight.
“I wanted to open a restaurant that was unique,” Duncan said.
The recipes come from meals she’s had with family and friends, along with recipes from her favorite restaurants in Louisiana and Mississippi. Duncan is the main cook with family and friends and staff helping throughout the restaurant.
When leasing the building the red awning — reminiscent of restaurant fronts in the south — caught her eye, Duncan said.
Along with the southern cuisine, Duncan said she has specials, including Fish Fridays.
As a gift to the community, Duncan said she is planning a traditional Christmas dinner where people can come together for a free meal. The dinner will be from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Christmas Day.
“I want to give back to the community,” she said. “It’s important  people have a place to eat on Christmas and not have to be alone.”
She welcomes food donations to help with the meal. People can contact her at the restaurant for more information.
There will be a grand opening in the near future which will be announced on the restaurant Facebook page at Mandy’s Place.
“This has been fun and the community has been really supportive,” Duncan said. “I’m truly excited for this new adventure.”
— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at spotter@morningsun.net or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.