How often do you come?
With my band, the Key Sound, Melba’s has always been one of these places I come back to. Open 24 hours, of course it’s a musicians’ hangout—late-night, decent food, you can come here after a gig and kind of loaded—‘Hey, let’s go to Melba’s.’
What do you eat here?
Today, I’m going to have the stuffed bell peppers and a side of gumbo. Sometimes I get the chicken; their fried chicken is good. It has a nice taste to it.
With 50 washing machines in the adjoining room, do you ever do laundry here?
No, but a friend of mine brought her blankets. I appreciate that the owners, Scott and his wife, make an effort to treat their workers right, just trying to be more family-oriented and open to the community.
Key LaBeaud sings each Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. with the Key Sound at the Marigny Brasserie.