Chifici Family celebrates 30 years at helm of Deanie’s Seafood
NEW ORLEANS–(June 6, 2012)–The Chifici Family, local owner/operators of the beloved Deanie's Seafood restaurants, is proud to announce its 30-year anniversary running New Orleans' favorite seafood restaurant–known for serving huge portions of the best boiled, broiled and fried Louisiana seafood in a fun and casual atmosphere. In business for more than 50 years, today Deanie's operates a thriving seafood market and catering business as well as two successful restaurants in the New Orleans area, the original location in the quaint fishing village of Bucktown and a second location in the heart of the historic French Quarter.Deanie’s Seafood Proprietor Barbara A. Chifici has built a locally owned, family-operated business employing more than 300 New Orleanians and serving nearly 1 million visitors and locals annually, earning the distinction as “Best Seafood Restaurant in New Orleans” by local readers of Gambit Weekly magazine. Deanie’s authentic New Orleans cuisine is nationally renowned and featured on various Travel Channel and Food Network programs.
Deanie’s Seafood is proud of its heritage of serving fresh Louisiana seafood prepared with Deanie’s signature seasonings. Its menu includes fresh Louisiana Shrimp, Blue Crab, Oysters, Catfish, Crawfish and more, and serves classic dishes such as Crawfish etouffee, Lump Crabmeat au Gratin, BBQ Shrimp and Seafood & Okra Gumbo. Deanie's recipes also have been showcased in Gourmet magazine and in cookbooks such as Chef John Folse’s “Hooks, Lies and Alibis." Deanie’s also prepares and ships delicious fresh and boiled Louisiana seafood to customers throughout the United States through its retail website, shopdeanies.com, which was launched in 2011.
Deanie’s French Quarter location, 841 Iberville St., opened its doors on Dec. 26, 2001, and was an instant draw for locals and tourists alike. The restaurant was expanded following Hurricane Katrina, adding private dining rooms, an engaging courtyard and an expanded kitchen. Today, the French Quarter restaurant serves more than 400,000 customers a year.
“Louisiana Seafood is such a big part of our culture and economy. We’re really proud to be able to contribute to continuing the tradition of great seafood, great friends and good times,” said Deanie’s Seafood proprietor Mrs. Chifici.
In 2011, Mrs. Chifici commissioned local glass artist James Vella to design a 4-foot by 5-foot aquarium sculpture representing Louisiana’s gulf coast. Dedicated to the America’s WETLAND Foundation, the sculpture is a permanent installation at the French Quarter location.
Deanie's recently sponsored its third-annual Pinch-A-Palooza Festival & Crawfish Eating Contest, drawing more than 1,000 people to celebrate and "pinch" 1,000 lbs. of Seasoned boiled Crawfish during a daylong festival that featured the Grammy Award-winning Rebirth Brass Band. Deanie’s is a member of the French Quarter Business Association, New Orleans Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau and Louisiana Restaurant Association, and participates in community events including French Quarter Festival, Louisiana Seafood Festival, Taste at the Lake, Taste of the Town and Essence Festival. Deanie’s Seafood in Bucktown will be highlighted in the Jefferson Visitors Bureau Oyster Trail, a three-year campaign focusing on Jefferson Parish restaurants serving Louisiana Oysters.
About Deanie's Seafood
For more than 50 years, Deanie's Seafood Restaurants and Market have been serving huge portions of the best boiled, broiled and fried seafood in New Orleans. We invite you to visit the original location in Bucktown at 1713 Lake Avenue or in the French Quarter at 841 Iberville Street (located at the corner of Dauphine and Iberville streets).
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Deanie's Seafood Proprietors Celebrate 30 Years as Owner/Operators of Beloved New Orleans Restaurant Brand