Calhoun: Wake-Up Call

Pierre's on Madison is gone, but Pierre's Food Service rolls on

During the 35 years that Lawrence Pierre owned Pierre's Supper Club, a venue at 2157 Downing Street, it was one of the town's most venerated watering holes -- both for hooking some fried catfish and for hooking up with some nightlife action. But after he sold the place in 2003 -- so he could concentrate on his hot sauce business -- the club went downhill fast, and closed its doors not long after.

Fortunately, you could still get a taste of Pierre's downhome cooking at Pierre's on Madison, the storefront restaurant his son ran at 3445 East 28th Avenue. But that recently closed, too.

Still, Pierre's rolls on in the form of Pierre's Mobile Food, a catering truck that was serving up downhome fare long before the gourmet truck trend hit town. The menu is almost as extensive as it was when Pierre's kitchen didn't move: a catfish dinner (with two sides) for $11.99, hot links, porkchop sandwiches. And always, that incredible hot sauce.

"I'll come to wherever you're at," promises Val Pierre, Lawrence's son.

Reach him at 303-861-8236 or at

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