It was 42 years ago that James Lasyone rented the bottom half of a building that had been erected in 1859 and opened Lasyone's Meat Pie Restaurant. The opening of Lasyone’s partially displaced the current occupant, the Mason’s Phoenix Lodge No. 38, which instead moved to the second floor and continued to meet despite the new tenant downstairs. The opening also had larger ramifications. It put tiny Natchitoches, La., on the map and spurred a cottage industry built around its meat ...

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