1701 Barbecue Began as a Mortician’s Side Hustle. It’s Now One of the Most Popular Joints in Town.
James “Blue” Broussard was born into a family business founded in Beaumont in 1889. Broussard’s Mortuary has six funeral home locations around the Golden Triangle in southeast Texas, and Blue is part of the sixth generation to run the business. His father Jim is the president, his sister Jayme Broussard Toeppich is the CEO, and Blue is listed as director of special projects. One of those special projects is 1701 Barbecue, which opened in downtown Beaumont last December and is now arguably the most popular barbecue joint in town.A restaurant seems like an odd side business for a family of morticians, but Blue Broussard’s path in the family business has been a winding one. He graduated from Sam Houston State with a degree in agricultural…View Original Post
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