Louis’ Colorful Journey from Belgium to the Beach (with a Bunch of Yard Sales Along the Way)

Louis Petit Sr stands behind the bar at Louis Louis in Santa Rosa Beach. Photo by Alissa Aryn Photography.
Photo by Alissa Aryn Photography.
Photo by Alissa Aryn Photography.

LOUIS PETIT SR. — patriarch of the wildly successful Red Bar, 331 Cafe and Louis Louis restaurants — chats with 30A Radio about his signature style, which has become a colorful cornerstone of the 30A community.

Petit’s restaurants are famous for their simple menus and eclectic ambiance, and he’s an obsessive yard sale junkie, amassing an extensive collection of objects that adorn his restaurants from floor to ceiling.

Born in Belgium during World War II, Petit has spent 60 years in the restaurant business — from Belgium to Little Rock, Arkansas, where he first came to America as a young man, and now in Santa Rosa Beach where his restaurants are a true family affair.

Hear Louis’ colorful story:

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