One of New Orleans’ greatest treasures are the legacy businesses that have kept locals wined and dined for generations. On this week’s show, we learn about two institutions that share both an area code and the devotion of family required to keep a legacy going.
We begin with Deirdre Barrow Johnson and her husband Kenneth Johnson Jr. of Barrow’s Catfish. Deirdre is the third generation of the family that opened Barrow’s Shady Inn, one of the longest-running Black-owned restaurants in the city. We hear the story of their family’s legacy – one that began with a fried catfish sandwich sold from Deirdre’s grandfather’s barroom door.
Then, we explore what it takes to move a landmark, when Tujague’s Restaurant opens their doors to us at their new location, just five blocks down Decatur Street from where Tujague’s called home since 1914. How do you move a historic landmark while retaining 165 years of charm and tradition? Owner Mark Latter shows us what he’s been doing to make the change as seamless as possible, while taking the opportunity to revitalize the family business for a new generation of diners.
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