Gabe and Tami Toups
Tami was born and raised in Metairie, Louisiana. While attending school at Louisiana State University she began working as a hostess at a local restaurant. This job quickly revealed her passion for the industry and led her to quickly change her major to Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism at The University of New Orleans. Attracted to the fine dining atmosphere of Charley G’s Seafood Grill, she quickly moved from Hostess to catering coordinator, and then to Front House Manager. Gabe was born and raised in Lafayette, Louisiana. He quickly developed a passion for cooking, and learned family recipes in his grandfather’s restaurant, which would become the foundation for many dishes served at the restaurant today. Gabe began working for Master Chef Gilbert Decourt from France while in high school, and then after graduation moved to New Orleans. While attending Delgado school, Gabe became a Sous Chef at the very prestigious Metro Bistro located in New Orleans, and by 23 had risen to become the Executive Chef. Later he transitioned to become the Executive Chef of Broussards; an ultra fine dining restaurant in the heart of New Orleans. After Tami and Gabe were married, they realized the need to move closer to family and left Louisiana in 2002. In November of 2006 their dream of owning their own restaurant was realized when Gabe’s Downtown was opened in Villa Rica Georgia. After many years of hard work and sacrifices, another goal was reached in 2015; Gabe’s Downtown Douglasville was opened. Tami and Gabe have always strived for excellence in their business as wells as in raising their 3 beautiful children. Whether through tough times in the economy, or working hard to please a difficult customer, both Tami and Gabe have kept their dedication to amazing food, a great atmosphere, and a welcoming dining experience. So with this, welcome to Gabe’s Downtown, were fat equals flavor!