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Royal N' Orleans Building Sold

Posted Friday, April 30, 2010, at 2:53 PM

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Culinary Arts Specialties, LLC, has purchased the former Royal N' Orleans Building at 300 Broadway in downtown Cape Girardeau.

The new buyers closed on the sale of the property on Thursday, April 29, according to Cynthia Austin of Realty Executives Commercial Realty.

She said the new owners, who are local, will be announcing their plans for the building's future in the next few weeks.

It is unknown who the owners of Culinary Arts Specialties, LLC, are, however the company's registered agent is R. Michael Howard, a Cape Girardeau attorney with The Limbaugh Firm.

According to records kept by the Cape Girardeau County Assessor's office, the property has an appraised value of just over $650,000.

A selling price was not disclosed on the building previously owned by John and Jerrianne Wyman, who operate Mollies and Roxy's Big Country Saloon and Brick Street Gallery.

The structure was built in 1868 and has served as an opera house, meeting place for German immigrants, Masonic temple, grocery store and production facility for the Daily Republican, which later became the Southeast Missourian.

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Well, now lets all hold our breath to see if the right thing is done with the money. It will be interesting to see if all the back taxes get paid that is owed on all the other properties that they own.

-- Posted by spanish_street on Fri, Apr 30, 2010, at 4:34 PM

Hopefully, these folks will reintroduce great culinary delights and the famous steaks. Maybe coat and tie for the dining room??????

-- Posted by JungleJim on Fri, Apr 30, 2010, at 11:17 PM

James & Eldon?

-- Posted by Yankee Station on Sat, May 1, 2010, at 8:19 AM

I cannot wait to see what happens there! I love this place and it is going to be wonderful to see it reopening!

-- Posted by Happy2BHere on Mon, May 3, 2010, at 10:57 AM

Are we sure this isnt another one of the Wymans tactics to use another name and reopen it under a new LLC to skirt around the paying of taxes? ha ha ha ha ha

You never know what is going on in the head of a Ferris Fox!

-- Posted by spanish_street on Mon, May 3, 2010, at 11:05 AM

Does that mean that Derek had to give back the recipes that he took? I hope so. Gimme some BBQ shrimp!

-- Posted by Just__Me on Mon, May 3, 2010, at 5:39 PM

I have the bbq shrimp recipe...

-- Posted by Happy2BHere on Tue, May 4, 2010, at 9:17 AM

I am a little confused.. some friends of mine said that the business is what was sold, not the real property. The way the missourian reads, the unnamed party purchased the building... which is it?

-- Posted by Happy2BHere on Tue, May 4, 2010, at 9:21 AM

The property, located at 300 Broadway, sold according to records filed at the courthouse on Friday. I do not know specifically about the transfer of recipes, but hopefully the owner of Culinary Arts Specialties, LLC, will come forward and let us all know soon. Thanks for reading!

-- Posted by MelissaMiller on Tue, May 4, 2010, at 9:46 AM

Recipes are not really proprietary. Menus are, barely, even if you own the copyright (ever see Dalhousie's menu). BTW, everyone that wants the N'Orleans BBQ shrimp recipe either has it, will give it up for a beer, can get it from a friend of a friend or can make it up. Happy Cinco de Mayo!

-- Posted by girardeaud on Wed, May 5, 2010, at 7:21 PM

I heard from a reliable source the Wyman's are the new purchaser... creative accounting I think.

-- Posted by Happy2BHere on Thu, May 6, 2010, at 10:08 AM

Like I said, I am curious to see what they do here. It will be very interesting to see if ALL the back taxes get paid or they just build on to their house again, buy another rundown building and just let it sit there and collapse or open another business and create a new LLC for it under a different name. Guess we will have to just sit back and wait to see if the right thing gets done. Everyone is waiting to see what Ferris is up to now!

-- Posted by spanish_street on Thu, May 6, 2010, at 11:18 AM

I heard one of their former employees is going to re-open/ manage it... she will only have to pay the new LLC (who I believe ARE the Wymans) $4,000 per month.

Holy smokes that is a lot of dough! I hope that they will just go ahead and do whatever it is and we can end the speculation!

-- Posted by Happy2BHere on Thu, May 6, 2010, at 12:19 PM

The building is in such bad shape there is no way it would pass city building code if it were named anything other than the Royal n'Orleans...prolly needs $100k or more in repairs.

-- Posted by imalwaysright on Thu, May 6, 2010, at 12:43 PM

Someone please post the bbq shrimp recipe...

-- Posted by TommyStix on Thu, May 6, 2010, at 1:16 PM

Give it a rest!!!! The Wyman's are the only restaurant owners in Cape who know anything about "fine dining". They have made alot of improvements in Cape...I'm sure they didn't know they would be victimized every time they tried to make Cape a better place to live....find someone else to unload on...there are plenty around.

-- Posted by Agnes on Thu, May 6, 2010, at 2:28 PM

How pathetic imalwaysright (LOL)... apparently you didn't go to their restaurants during the dinner hours when steak opav, salmon, and creme brulee was being served. Are you sure you weren't lying on the parking lot?

-- Posted by Agnes on Thu, May 6, 2010, at 3:01 PM

"au poivre" not opav lol and you can find salmon at any restaurant let's be real. if you're going to try and use big words make sure you know what you're talking about. thanks.

-- Posted by imalwaysright on Thu, May 6, 2010, at 4:39 PM


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Melissa Miller is business editor at The Southeast Missourian. A graduate of the University of Missouri Journalism School, she's worked as a reporter, photographer, editor and as the executive director of two not-for-profit organizations. After living in Michigan and then Indiana, she moved back to her hometown of Jackson, Mo. In addition to writing daily stories for The Southeast Missourian, Melissa coordinates editorial content each month for Business Today. Business Today is a monthly publication for southeast Missouri's business community. Monthly themes include health care, agriculture, women in business, technology and more. Business Today is direct mailed to business owner and managers throughout southeast Missouri and southern Illinois. Follow her updates on local business developments at www.twitter.com/semissourianbiz or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MelissaMillerSoutheastMissourian

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