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Personality Profile | Coatney S. Raymond

Making Her City a Destination By Patrice Doucet | Photos by Hannah Songy

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ow fortunate for the city of Breaux Bridge that when its “native daughter” Coatney S. Raymond believes in something, she is 150 percent involved. So, when the managing partner of the well-known Buck & Johnny’s Restaurant says she’s passionate about her city and her restaurant, all that’s missing are the pom poms. Raymond is a testament to what can be achieved when business smarts,

a strong work ethic and the will to succeed outweigh experience. When she retired from Our Lady of Lourdes in 2011 as Director of Surgical Services, with 44 years’ experience in nursing administration, she considered her greatest professional achievement being part of the historic move to the hospital’s new facility. Operating a restaurant was not on her radar. That was the dream of her late husband’s, Johnny Raymond. When he became

ill two years after opening in 2010, and was unable to maintain his active role, Coatney stepped in as managing partner. She had the choice to keep the restaurant afloat or make it fly. She chose the latter, turning it into a

culinary tourism destination before the phrase was ever coined. After being approached a couple of times by a local restaurant owner to take over his famous Zydeco Breakfast, she finally relinquished and with two weeks preparation and the help of a

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