Overview & History

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OVERVIEW & HISTORY
Chef preparing food at Jacmel Inn
Jacmel Inn Original Staff - Opening Day, July 4, 1977

Jacmel Inn is a full-service restaurant in Downtown Hammond. And, like everything else in Louisiana - a delightful blend of cultures. Serving a sophisticated range of cuisine with influences from Creole, Italian, Caribbean and Southern cooking styles, Jacmel Inn is best known for daily specials of fresh fish and hand-cut steaks.

Consistently earning honors in the Zagut Survey, Jacmel Inn is in the setting of a charming century-old home with eclectic and artistic touches. With eight fireplaces for winter dining and an outdoor patio for dining al fresco, Jacmel Inn exudes ambiance, regionally inspired cuisine and friendly service. Experience Louisiana dining at its finest!
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The History

Based in the setting of a hundred-year-old home in Downtown Hammond and celebrating 30+ years in business, Jacmel Inn enjoys an excellent reputation for fine dining, excellent wines and a romantic and comfortable atmosphere.
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The Name

Over two hundred years ago, Jaque de Melo, an adventurous Italian pirate, began pillaging the island of Haiti, from the neighboring island of Tortuga. Jaque de Melo, or Jacmel as the Creole Haitians would call him, fell upon hard times, narrowly escaping death, as his ship floundered and crashed against the rocks in the Caribbean. While hiding out in a small hotel above the Caribbean, Jacmel gradually made friends with the Creole-speaking Haitians. With the help of those voodoo-worshipping islanders, the architecturally-beautiful city of “Jacmel” was created. This restaurant with it’s natural touches of the Caribbean, it’s Creole and French flavored atmosphere, and it’s owner’s infatuation with the mystery and romance of the Caribbean, stolen from the Creole-Italian pirate the name... “Jacmel”.
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