I had heard that Papa, of Papa’s Soul Food Kitchen: Southern Style BBQ and Blues Joint, 400 Blair Blvd, had passed away earlier in the week. I decided to stop by the kitchen and record the loss of a neighborhood icon.
An old review in “Eugene Weekly” by Steven Sawada, said Papa’s has “soul food ‘so good it will make you wanna slap yo mama.'”
It was a rainy gloomy day when I drove out to Papa’s.
The kitchen had been turned into a makeshift memorial.
Even the kitchen’s myspace is filled with condolences.
People left cards, flowers, and memories.
It is clear that Papa touched many lives and will truly be missed.