Feb 24, 2012 9:50 PM by Maddie Garrett

Lent Means Less Meat, Better Seafood Sales

From fast food chains, to family run restaurants, special Lent menus are popping up across Acadiana. And with the first Friday of Lent here, that means meat is off the table for many Catholics. But Lent can mean higher sales and better business for many restaurants.

Around here, it's not hard to find tasty alternatives for Lent. Carl Miller said this was his first crawfish po-boy of the Lent season at Olde Tyme Grocery, and it won't be his last.

"I'll come a lot more than I usually do," said Miller.

That's good news for restaurants like Olde Tyme. General Manager Ross Murphree said they just wrapped up their busiest week of the year. And he said this time of year, they stock up on everything seafood.

"We go through, during lent, a couple thousand pounds of shrimp a week, oysters, catfish, crawfish obviously too. We buy ahead of time," he said.

Lent isn't just about higher sales for some businesses, it's also about being an active part in the religious season.

"We love it, it's tradition over here. Lent is a spiritual time we look at it as it's our sacrifice, it's our walk in the desert,
said Murphree. "We push ourselves and we push our employees and you know we work hard and we do our best to make our customers happy."

Happy customers like Miller, who said he appreciates all the lent-friendly specials around town.

"I think it's great they actually look out for people, they provide a service almost," explained Miller.



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