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Interview: Michael Bordelon

Michael Bordelon, Owner, Liuzza’s

Michael Bordelon was kind enough to take a few minutes to speak with me about Liuzza’s, his personal life, and the Po’ Boy business.

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Interview: Don and Joan Radosta

Don and Joan Radosta, Owners, Radosta’s

Don, Joan, & Martin Radosta

Don and Joan Radosta took some time out of their busy schedule to answer a few questions about their restaurant.

How did Radosta’s get started?

Don: Well, my family has been in the grocery business for four generations.  I used to work in our family grocery store out in New Orleans East.  We moved to our current location 30 years ago and about 15 years ago we made the switch to a Po’ Boy shop.  We had always made cold Po’ Boys in our deli but about 15 years ago we moved almost all the groceries out and opened up the the kitchen.

How did Katrina effect you?

Don: Not at all

Joan: It actually helped us.  We were back 6 weeks after the storm serving sandwiches.  We were driving around trying to scratch together some bread for Po’ Boys and Don had to drive to Denim Springs every day to get ice.  Even with all that sh%$ we were still selling about 200 Po’ Boys and 100 Hubig’s pies a day.

Don: But since we were one of the first back we built customer loyalty and now those kids over at Country Day that go off to be doctors and lawyers come right back here.  When they get home from college they skip seeing their parents until they come have a Radosta’s Po’ Boy. Believe that

What’s the best part about being in the Po’ Boy business?

Don: It’s fun.  We have the best customers and friends in the world.  It’s not a greed thing.  We’ve been offered to franchise in other cities but we’re fine right here.

Worst Part?

Joan: You really have to be devoted to it.  You really have to love it.  We are here 6 days a week and our kids don’t see nearly enough of us. Kids today think they can just walk in and open a business, it takes a lot of work.

What’s your favorite item on Radosta’s menu?

Don: We make our own gravy and cut our own tops of Roast Beef so that’s our best seller.  But I’ll tell you one thing, not one Po’ Boy on our menu doesn’t sell.  We sell at least one of everything everyday.  I’d also say the Don special is pretty good.

Joan: I wonder why you’d say that…

What is your favorite Po’ Boy other than Radosta’s?

Don: Well I don’t really eat Po’ Boys any more, I gave up fried foods.  You’ll have to ask Joan.

Joan: The fried shrimp Po’ Boy over at Grand Isle is damn good.  I’d say that one.

What makes your Po’ Boy special?

Don: We make our Po’ Boys with love.  Plenty of people  bulls$# about that but we really do.  We care about each and every customer and want them to be satisfied.

Thanks for your time

Don: Come back anytime.

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