The family ran a nearby stand called Big Bear’s Sno-balls at the same time. In 1977, after the White House burned down, Josh Watson said, “We brought that old stand across the lake to Mandeville on the Causeway.” The stand became the new Big Bear’s in Old Mandeville, which served take-out po-boys until the whole business migrated again in 1990, this time to Covington, where it became simply Bear’s.
Matt Watson went off on his own to open a Bear’s Grill & Spirits in Mandeville in 2004. He expanded to Slidell a couple years later and then, last fall, to Metairie.
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