April 16, 2011
Tony Balluff, Clarinetist/Leader – Southside Aces Jazz Band
Cornetist – and my mentor – Charlie DeVore tells of Bucktown’s connection to Johnny Wiggs in the liner notes of our CD. Johnny Wiggs was one of Charlie’s mentors and wrote and titled several of his tunes after the various locales in the city. During Johnny’s time the lakefront in Bucktown was characterized as a place perhaps not to be caught without some degree of physical wherewithal. My memories of Bucktown begin just a handful of years ago, and are certainly much more tame. The first few times I ever went to New Orleans, my first stop was a restaurant on Lake Pontchartrain called Sidmar’s. My experience of Bucktown was of this family seafood restaurant where I could eat a huge and tasty meal and order up a locally brewed Jax beer to really remind myself that I had indeed touched down in that great city. Afterwards, patting my burgeoning belly, I would stroll out into the parking lot looking out on that huge lake, not being able to see the other side. Unfortunately, Hurricane Katrina left nothing much more than the foundation of one of my first favorite places.
April 15, 2011
The Story of Deanie’s Seafood
Deanie’s Seafood was established in 1961. The original owners were John and Alma (Deanie) Livacari. Initially, the business was located on Old Hammond Highway before moving to Orpheum Street and finally to Lake Avenue, where it remains today.
Sometime in the late 1970’s, the Livacari family sold Deanie’s to Joseph George and Donald Melancon. On April 26, 1982, a group of individuals led by Frank Angelo Chifici purchased Deanie’s from Mr. George and Mr. Melancon.
Frank and Barbara Chifici continued the tradition of Deanie’s Seafood in Bucktown. The concept would be as simple as “Great Food, Big Portions with moderate prices”. (more…)