Brandi Haskett

By Lauren Dodd

By Brandi Haskett

The Vautrots believe in big smiles and bigger proportions. They have been serving up this family tradition for more than 21 years. The resilient restaurant, Vautrot’s Cajun Cuisine, is a testament to the family’s spirit – having survived four disasters: a flood, two hurricanes, and most recently, a devastating fire.

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By Brandi Haskett

By Lauren Dodd

Staff Writers

Owner Ed Grissom says his pub is designed to be a place for people to take a break from the daily grind. “It’s still and always has been, I call it, ‘designed as a diffusion.’ You go out into the world, get stressed out, have anxiety. Isn’t it nice to come into a place and just diffuse?”

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Lamar University profes­sor, and award-winning author Dr. Jim Sanderson has released Nothing to Lose, a work that includes a setting close to home. Sanderson’s latest nov­el is set in Beaumont and fea­tures a fictional bar off of Tram Road — a favorite hang­out place for the main charac­ter, Roger Jackson.

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