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Rachel's Rumors: Whodat overwhelmed upon opening

Posted: April 19, 2014 - 2:27pm

If you’ve been keeping up with the news lately, you’re probably aware of the Whodat Shack, the New Orleans style poboy shop that has made its home in the building at Markham and Mill Streets. However humble this building has been in the past, you can’t miss it now, as it has been painted in Mardi Gras colors.

I had a chat with Vicki Burgess, whose fiancé, Michael Defreitas (a former New Orleans resident), is the driving force behind the restaurant. Thanks to the marketing magic of Facebook, she said, the poboy shop had a line out the door when it opened. Burgess said the turnout was wonderful and welcome, but they were completely overwhelmed. She apologized and gave free drinks to customers who waited in at length, she said. This week she plans to have more staff on hand to serve the hungry hordes.

The menu is short and sweet (always a good sign) and includes shrimp, chicken, catfish, roast beef and sausage poboys served with potato salad, fries or Cajun chips. They also have hamburgers and barbecue pork — for days when it’s just not a poboy kind of day. Burgess said the secret to their poboy sandwiches is that they are served on French bread shipped from Gambino’s Bakery in New Orleans. I left with my mouth watering but resolved to wait my turn for a few days, as I’m sure the restaurant will continue to be packed. Thanks, Conway, for welcoming our newest restaurant.

Also on Markham Street

Here’s something you don’t hear every day, and yet, I’m guessing it will be popular. Cindy Flores is opening Current Technique, an electrolysis clinic, at 1014 Markham St., on April 28. She will be open two weeks at a time, spending the other two weeks of the month at her home in California.

“How did that happen?” you ask? Flores has a sister living in Arkansas whom she first met seven years ago. She came to visit the state, loved the scenic beauty and thought Conway was the coolest town ever, she said. She asked her husband what he thought of retiring here, and he thought it was a great idea. So until retirement rolls around, she plans travel back and forth. She will be available by appointment only.

That’s about it for today. Happy Easter, everyone!

(Rachel Parker Dickerson is a freelance columnist/journalist. Send your questions and comments to rachelpdickerson@gmail.com)

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