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ORAL HISTORY

Paul Gustings, bartender


The Napolean House

Tujague’s Restaurant
823 Decatur St.
New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
504-525-8676

Originally from the Netherlands, Paul flipped a coin one day in 1982, headed to the United States, made his way to New Orleans for a visit, and stayed. His bartending resume includes time spent behind the bar at places like the Clubhouse of the Galloping Gooses and Brennan’s Restaurant. Paul’s prickly personality eventually found the right fit at two bars in the French Quarter: Tujague’s and the Napoleon House. While he appreciates a good cocktail, he also appreciates the cocktail connoisseur and hasn’t much patience for less. He’ll take the time to make traditional cocktails the right way, and will appreciate you for knowing enough about cocktails to order them. So belly up to the bar, serve Paul a smile, and he’ll serve you a well-made drink.

Date of interview:
2005-03-29

Interviewer:
Amy Evans

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