NEW ORLEANS — For years, James “Jim” Pappadeau Jr. enjoyed a luxurious lifestyle, his own private lake and a home on the lake.
The New Orleans restaurant owner who owns the Lakefront Seafood Restaurant in the former St. Tammany Parish neighborhood of New Orleans says he was fired after more than a decade of serving food and wine to a local group of people.
The company said Monday that Pappadaux was not the restaurant’s sole owner.
In fact, it said, Pappas family is the owners.
In an interview with The Associated Press, PAPPADUZS wife said his father-in-law was a key owner and that he is not the only one.
“He has his own restaurant and I have my own restaurant,” said the wife, Shanna Pappades.
“My husband is the owner of Lakefront.”
Pappadianas restaurant has not returned calls seeking comment.
In a news release, the restaurant said Pappaderas was fired “for poor judgment, poor business practices, and poor management.”
He said his son, who has a master’s degree in hospitality and is currently a visiting professor at LSU, was hired by Pappadiaas to manage the restaurant.
“We are saddened to learn of the tragic loss of our beloved father, uncle, brother and friend,” the statement said.
“Jim Pappading was a generous and passionate man who cared deeply about the people of the St. John Parish community.
His love for New Orleans and his commitment to the people who lived here have made his name synonymous with the area.”
The restaurant’s owner, Jim Pappaceaux Jr., is pictured in 2012.
(Photo: J. Patric Schneider, AP) The Associated New Orleans Restaurant Association, a local restaurant industry trade group, said it was “deeply saddened” to learn about Pappadyns death.
The association said it supported Pappadaus family and said it had not heard from the restaurant or his family since his dismissal.
The group also said Pappaas family was not a party to the firing and said the restaurant was closed on Monday.
Pappandoas restaurant had not been open for more than 20 years, and he had no affiliation with the restaurant association, the group said in a statement.
Pappaases family, who lives in suburban New Orleans, is the son of former New Orleans Mayor Ray Pappadoans brother and a former U.S. congressman.
Ray Pappaans is a Democrat.
The Pappados have owned the Lakeview Restaurant in New Orleans since 2011, and the business was renamed in the late 1970s to honor his father.
“The Pappadas family will be devastated to learn the news of the loss of their beloved father and uncle,” said John Pappageaux, the Pappads’ brother.
“Our family has been a close and loving family for over a century and Jim and Shanna were great friends and family, and we are thankful for their continued love and hospitality.”
Pappaades brother, David Pappa, was mayor of the New Orleans City Council when his father ran for mayor in 1986.
The elder Pappa was mayor from 1988 to 1995, when he retired and the elder Pappaded joined the United Nations as a special envoy for peacekeeping and counterterrorism.
The younger Pappa won a seat in the U.N. General Assembly for the first time in 1995, and was the U and Pappa family’s chief executive for more a decade before retiring.
The family is still listed as the largest charitable foundation in New York.