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Crawfish King, Al Scramuzza, Used To Pay Kids To Dangle Crawfish From Fishing Rods

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Al Scramuzza of Seafood City

CRAWFISH WIRE — Seafood City’s 90-year old proprietor, Al Scramuzza, once advertised his crawfish in New Orleans “by paying kids to dangle crawfish from fishing rods for passing cars to see.” Where Y’at chats with the man credited with bringing crawfish to New Orleans. Plus, here’s a commercial from the 1970s for Seafood City, which shuttered in 1994. [WHERE Y’AT]

COMEBACKS — Lakeview Harbor, Lakeview’s long-running burger joint that closed after 25 years in the same spot, has made good on its promise to open elsewhere. The new location is only about two miles from the original (which is now another burger restaurant, Three B’s) at 8550 Pontchartrain Blvd. in the West End in the space that used to house Wasabi. No opening date has been set. [ADVOCATE]

CHEF SHUFFLES — The Franklin just nabbed Bacchanal’s chef, J.N. Zink. Zink, also known for his work founding Covey Rise Farm (which supplies some of NOLA’s most impressive restaurants with produce), is keyed up to work in a place that feels more intimate, where he “can see the expressions on the faces.” [NOLA.COM]

FOOD TV — Pastry chef Ruby Bloch and her adorable, tiny cakes have met their end on the Food Network’s Spring Baking Challenge. All-in-all, she says being on the show was a positive experience for her. [ADVOCATE]

INTERVIEWS — Helen Freund talks with “Bagel Boy,” Brendan Dodd, who stocks the bagels he makes at a commissary kitchen in 14 different spots, including Mojo Coffee. [GAMBIT]

OPENINGS — Authentic Sicilian food made its way to Mandeville with the opening of Leonard Giarraputo’s restaurant, Leonardo’s Trattoria & Pizzeria, in September. Northshore folks, many of whom also have roots in Sicily, have been charmed by Giarraputo’s light marinara, chicken pizzaiola, lasagna (his mother’s recipe), and Bolognese (his uncle’s recipe). The restaurant stays busy, so plan to go at off-peak hours to avoid a wait. [NOLA.COM]

FESTIVAL SEASON — The Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival returns April 13 through 15. [GAMBIT]

AWARDS — Gnarly Barley, Hammond’ tiny brewery with big name beers like Hoppopotamus IPA, was just named one of the fastest-growing craft breweries of 2017 by the Brewers Association. [press release]

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Bacchanal Wine Bar

600 Poland Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70117 (504) 948 9111

Lakeview Harbor

8550 Pontchartrain Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70124 (504) 486-4887 Visit Website

Three B's

911 Harrison Ave, New Orleans, Louisiana

The Franklin

148 Fleet Street, , NH 03801 (603) 373-8500 Visit Website

Bacchanal Fine Wine & Spirits

600 Poland Avenue, , LA 70117 (504) 948-9111 Visit Website