Tradition, as defined by Webster, is
"the handling down of information, beliefs and customs by word of mouth or
by example from one generation to another without written instructions."
The Don's tradition began in 1934 as
a simple French-Acadian restaurant called Don's BEER PARLOR. Don L. Landry,
the founder , is a direct descendant of the Acadians who fled Nova Scotia
more than 200 years ago bringing their religion, beliefs, and a love of good
food and good living.
In 1939, Don was joined by his
brother, Ashby. The food was excellent, the service warm and friendly-Don's
grew. Ashby and Don changed the name to Don's Seafood Inn, marking the
restaurant's increasing variety of excellent seafood. In 1952, brother
Willie combined his corner grocery store with the restaurant, establishing
the first Don's Seafood and Steak House.
During the ensuing years, as more
Landry family members joined the group, other Don's restaurants were
established in Louisiana and Texas. The tradition of fine dining, begun in
1934 in Southwest Louisiana, has been continued for over half a century by
the Landry family with these now internationally famous Don's Seafood and
Steak House restaurants.
Don's specialized "cajun-style"
restaurants have earned a reputation for superior service and excellent
preparation of fresh seafood and fine steaks. Each restaurant is
independently operated and food is bought fresh from local markets. Yet each
restaurant adheres rigidly to the Don's Seafood And Steak House tradition of
only the finest, freshest ingredients, carefully selected, perfectly
seasoned, expertly prepared and graciously served.
What began as a tiny French-Acadian
restaurant on a side street in Lafayette, Louisiana, has become since that
time a famous group of Cajun restaurants. The Landry family is dedicated to
continuing this tradition and to maintaining its reputation for fine food.