"I recently traveled to New Orleans to meet with Jay Nix and develop his new carryout menu. The following story was written by M+K Laux to be used on the back page of the menu. If you go, try the Shrimp or Beef Poor Boy sandwiches. It's the best I've ever had and I've been to some pretty great sandwich shops."
About Parkway Bakery & Tavern
Parkway Bakery & Tavern first opened for business in 1911, and it has been a New Orleans icon
ever since. Originally started by a local German baker named Charles Goering who successfully
ran the business on the corner of Hagan and Toulouse in Mid-city New Orleans until 1922, when
Henry Timothy Sr. purchased the business and continued running it as a bakery.
ln l929, Parkway Bakery added the new "Poor Boy" sandwich created by Bennie and Clovis Martin
of Martin Brothers Corner Store and Restaurant. It was during the depression, and the Streetcar
Conductors were on strike. Of course, during that time, money was nearly impossible to come by,
and Bennie and Clovis used to say: "What are we going to feed these Poor Boys?" referring to the
striking streetcar workers. They started selling sandwiches sometimes filled with roast
beef or other comfort foods, and sometimes they sold sandwiches that were just bread
and gravy, and the term ‘Poor Boy’ sandwich stuck. We still use the name and the recipes
today to make our crusty rolls filled with house-made meats, veggies and of course,
There are a lot of places in the country that sell Po’ Boy sandwiches, but few of them know
where the term came from and none of them date back to that time. What makes
Parkway Bakery & Tavern stand out is the link to the original Poor Boy sandwich.
Or recipes and methods are still the same now as they were over a century ago.
When Jay Nix purchased Parkway Bakery in 1995, he had no intention of reopening the
restaurant on his own. The building sat vacant for a time, and then Jay got the idea to
reopen the business and refurbish the tavern and restaurant to make sandwiches as close to the
original Poor Boy sandwiches as possible. He dismantled the brick ovens and salvaged 20,000
bricks, which he used as the base of the bar front and four sets of steps that entrance the current
dining room. The remaining bricks were sold to help finance Parkway's renovation. It took Jay
ten years to accumulate enough money, time and courage to reopen. And in December of 2003
Parkway Bakery and Tavern was revived to serve the original Poor Boy sandwiches that everyone
has come to love.
Parkway Bakery & Tavern is like a working museum where you can stop in, look at all the
memorabilia and art on the walls and try first-hand, a Poor Boy sandwich the way it was served
more than a century ago.