Toasting and Hosting with a Nod to the Past
In 1972, a merchant mariner-turned-New Orleans waiter named Chris Kerageorgiou built and began operating the original La Provence restaurant where it remained on the Northshore for over 50 years. Kerageorgiou put his heart and soul into creating a unique and comfortable atmosphere for guests to dine and enjoy all of life’s festivities. During its half-century in business, La Provence was a true dining landmark and destination restaurant — drawing bon vivants from across the region to a woodsy stretch near Lacombe to commemorate special times. Many compared the experience to visiting a classic country inn.
Cayman and Danny Sinclair, brothers and local entrepreneurs, have now revitalized the property as The Inn at La Provence to host weddings and special events, and are honored to continue the tradition. The plan brings the La Provence property full circle. Surrounded by pine trees in the Big Branch community, it was once a four-room motel and café. Like many from the area, Sinclair has fond memories of visiting the original La Provence through the years, including long weekend lunches with his family. “My family would stay for hours, sitting around that fire in the front room,” he said. “It was a classic place. We’re really excited to be able to revitalize it.”
The multiple rooms and large courtyard have been designed with a nod to the past and an eye on the future. With its original terra cotta floors and historical architectural details, the restaurant property has several dining spaces with multiple fireplaces. The Stirling Ballroom can be configured to host a variety of events, from seated dinners to buffet-style receptions.
The Joyce Bar is ever-welcoming with a comfortable, eclectic style. The name pays homage to the three decades that Joyce Bates — widely known as the poetry-writing bar manageress — delighted patrons there. Art pieces and pops of color define a space that promises to house special memories and draw visitors to return time and time again. Surrounded by majestic oaks, the large outdoor event area is spacious and serene. Perfect for weddings, outdoor special events, corporate events or fundraisers, the space can be configured to accommodate a variety of uses.
The Sinclairs and their team at The Inn at La Provence have a mission to create unforgettable memories with amazing food, festive libations and unparalleled service. They look forward to hosting and toasting their guests as they celebrate their special occasions.
The Inn at La Provence is located at 25020 Highway 190 in Lacombe. For more information, please call 985-778-2045 or visit theinnatlaprovence.com.