L.A. Frey & Sons Meat Packing Plant

The old L.A. Frey & Sons Meat Packing Plant is being torn down today (August 3rd 2017). The complex has a track hoe sitting on top of it and a crew of workmen are busy deconstructing the former concern.

L.A. Frey & Sons Meat Packing Plant was constructed in 1921 at a cost of $10k. The dimensions are enormous: a 52,500 sf building adjacent to a 15,000 sf empty parcel, plus a 14,000 sf office building with an 8,100 sf parking lot.

New Orleanians of a certain age (really old) will remember Frey’s ad campaign featuring the slogan “Demand The Brand” Frey’s frankfurters were banded together in the fashion of machine gun cartridges with paper bands connecting the links.

Frey Meats was founded in 1865 by Alsatian Andreas Frey when he was 58 years old. At one point Frey Meats employed 450 people.

D.L Menard Is Dead

D.L Menard has passed away and our hearts are broken. The legend from Erath, Louisiana died yesterday Thursday July 28th 2017. Born as Doris Leon Menard to Ophy and Helena Primeaux Menard in 1932 in Vermillion Parish, the lanky country man commanded stages around the globe, and brought Cajun string band music to millions of listeners. We wrote a piece on the great man barely one month ago.

Rest in peace Mr Menard.

Continental Provisions has closed

“As God gathered Adam as clay in His palm, He blew dust to life just as Adam blew grain to flour, and flour to life.”

Continental Provisions has shuttered. The fancy, European-style charcuterie and cheese shop in New Orleans’ French Market sold its last Culatello hoagie on July 1st. We used the company for their Bellegarde bread (Graison Gill was one of the owners) and as a high-end cheese source for breakfast tacos.

Two years ago we featured Continental Provisions in our 500 po boys series.

Nick’s Grocery Is Closing

Nick’s Grocery, an old timey boudain shop in Port Arthur, Texas is shuttering. Nick and Dorothy Nicotre opened the store on Sept. 2, 1959.

Son of the founders, owner Nick Nicotre, 75, is plumb tired. He attempted to find a buyer to keep the concern ongoing but did not have any luck. After 47 years slinging boudin we understand. It’s a hard life making and selling upwards of 500lbs of boudin per day.

Reports swirling out of Port Arthur of long lines and bare shelves have been confirmed by a buddy’s parents who tried to run by and get a few links for old times sake. They were not successful.

No word on whether Bun B managed to score a few links.

Rest In Peace: Winn Dixie in Gentilly

Winn Dixie is on hard times.

The former national behemoth grocery chain has seen its status shrink from being a top five player in the mid-90s to a current status where the company doesn’t even rank among the top 20 largest supermarket chains in USA.

Under its current marque, Winn Dixie has only been operating since 1955 when William M. Davis bought Dixie Home Stores of Greenville, South Carolina, merging the regional group with his Winn & Lovett chain.

The company quickly grew into a swaggering monolith at one point becoming so threatening that the Federal Trade Commission forbade Winn-Dixie from acquiring any retail grocery stores in the US for ten years.

That swagger is now long gone as is evidenced by the sad sight of the once mighty Winn Dixie in Gentilly’s life force slowly draining out via the time honored ‘going out of business’ sale.

I asked the clerk what the hottest sale item had been so far and she said “sheeyit darling they done cleared out all the gin!”

Rest in peace Winn Dixie.