[lights humming] FRANCOIS POUPART: [speaking French] [French violin and accordian music plays] ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ [acoutic guitar music] SPEAKER 2: Everyone wants to talk to Francois.
Everyone wants to get a glimpse of him.
And he's very kind and sweet and generous.
Treats his employees like family.
SPEAKER 3: Growing up, you're little kids-- you know, your mom's always, OK, sit still, be good in church, we'll go to Poupart's and get a surprise.
So our Sunday crew is-- we still have a lot of the same people come every week.
We have the coffee crew.
They come in, they eat, they drink coffee, they speak French.
No, it's a real close family community.
SPEAKER 4: I love my French heritage.
And this is one of the reasons why I come to Poupart's, because they speak French here.
SPEAKER 5: [speaking French] SPEAKER 4: [speaking French] SPEAKER 5: My generation is probably the ones that's going to be the last ones that speak French.
It's a dying dialect.
FRANCOIS POUPART: [speaking French] [acoutic guitar music] That's my wife.
Her name was Louise.
She's from France.
And this is Patrick, with the big mouth.
[laughs] This is all Patrick.
PATRICK POUPART: My name is Patrick Poupart.
I was born and raised at the bakery.
Grew up living upstairs.
So these are some of the things I learned how to do as a kid, playing with dough.
So this is a typical French bread dough-- flour, yeast, salt, and water.
And I'm going to make a couple of little creatures for you all right quick.
People ask me how long I've been working in the bakery.
Been working down here since I started coming down the stairs.
Started getting little chores and different stuff to do.
That's going to be the body.
Cut a few legs out.
There are your back scales.
I learned from my father a lot.
I learned from other bakers that came through here.
And I also went to baking school in France.
I'm going to spray a little bit of egg wash on it, which is going to give it a nice shine.
25 minutes, we'll have an alligator bread.
FRANCOIS POUPART: We used to have so many of these.
And we have boat, people in that boat.
And one day, you have one jump on the boat.
[speaking French] Your eyes open all the time.
[acoutic guitar music] PATRICK POUPART: Poupart's Bakery is a very strong, well-known establishment in Lafayette.
It's been on this corner since 1967.
So, I mean, it states its ground.
I mean, it's here to stay.
It's been my whole life.
And I am responsible, and I will continue this business.
And we've grown it a lot.
And I've grown it in different ways, also, that's brought in a lot of our other stuff, our festivals.
And we're just going to keep doing it to get it to the next level, and then we'll figure it from there.
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