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Jennifer Dold, Kent Dold, Michael Parich
Matthew Indest / Brad Berwick
Front House Manager
Innovating for a southern Fine dining tradition Since 2018
Welcome to Clementine on Main
The Clementine Story
The restaurant was named Clementine on Main to pay tribute to former owner Wayne Peltier's favorite artist, Clementine Hunter. Clementine, who is known as a primitive or folk artist, was born in 1887 in the Cane River country of Louisiana. While in her fifties and working at Melrose Plantation, Clementine found tubes of paint lying around, beginning her life as an artist. Clementine would paint on whatever she could find. Her first painting was rendered on a window shade. Her paintings came from daily life on Melrose Plantation – baptisms, funerals, wash-days, and the harvesting of sugar cane are a few events that she documented. Clementine Hunter died in 1988 at the age of 101.
New Owners, Kent Dold, Jennifer Dold and Michael Parich have incorporated Clementine’s famous backwards-C & H insignia into our logo and the placement of our silverware. As the story goes, Clementine thought the normal C was rude, with its back to you, so she signed her C backwards with its arms reaching out to hug you.
A Clementine Hunter is prominently displayed near the turn of the century tiger oak bar and local artists are displayed throughout the restaurant.
Dine on Historic Main Street
New Iberia, Louisiana