Family, friendship figures in Pascale's Manale sale

Love of food, family, and history play role as Pascal's Manale changes hands

Thomas Perumean
November 15, 2019 - 7:51 am

It's one of New Orleans oldest restaurants.  Family owned and operated for more than 100 years.  

Pascal's Manale is now in the hands of new owners.  But family, food, and love of both have figured into the changing of the hands of the storied eatery.  

Pascal's Manale was bought earlier this week by Ray Brandt, noted local area auto dealer.  Let's back up 30-years where the genesis of what took place this week began.  

According to the Times-Picayune/New Orleans Advocate, in 1989 Cathie Provenzano, a banker at a Hibernia bank, where Sandy DeFelice, owner of Pascal's, drops off deposits and does the restaurants banking.  

The two are friends and Cathie makes an introduction for her 18-year-son, aspiring chef Carmen Provenzano, Jr.  Carmen works at the restaurant for 12-years before moving over to work for his uncle, Ray Brandt, at his car dealership.  

Carmen and Ray enjoy a relationship and enjoyment of great food and the dream of owning a restaurant.  

When the DeFelice family decided it was time to move on, it was kismet to pass the restaurant to a motivated close friend who already knew the place, the people, and special way Pascal's and its guests share the love of Italian cuisine.  

Carmen is taking over as Manager at Pascal's.  He recently spoke with the paper about the restaurant:  “The bloodline on this restaurant goes back 106 years in one family,” Carmen says. “We want to make sure it continues at least that long in ours.”

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