The Catfish Hole in Fayetteville, Ark. has become one of Bret Bielema’s favorite places to eat since his arrival in 2013, with the Arkansas coach hosting his weekly radio show there.
Bielema had become close friends with the owner of the establishment, Pat Gazolla, who passed away Saturday. Bielema took time to honor Gazolla on his Twitter feed.
— Bret Bielema (@BretBielema) August 5, 2017
The restaurant, which claims some of the best catfish and seafood in northwest Arkansas, has also become a popular attraction for the assistant coaches, with them bringing recruits to the place.
Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long also took time to send his best wishes to the Gazolla family.
Saddened to learn of the passing of our friend Pat Gazzola… may God bless his soul. Thoughts and prayers are with Janie and family
— Jeff Long (@jefflongUA) August 5, 2017
Auburn running backs coach Tim Horton, who served as an assistant for the Razorbacks from 2007-12, tweeted out his thoughts as well.
Heart hurts in the loss of friend and @TheCatfishHole owner, Pat Gazzola. Wonderful man who gave so much to others!
— Tim Horton (@CoachTimHorton) August 5, 2017
The Catfish Hole was featured on ESPN’s “Taste of the Town” in 2006.