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Drago's announces Lafayette grand opening

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Tommy Cvitanovich, owner of Drago's Tommy Cvitanovich, owner of Drago's
LAFAYETTE, La. -

Drago's Seafood Restaurant, home of the Original Charbroiled Oysters and one of New Orleans' most recognized eateries, has announced its fourth location at 3151 Johnston Street will open Friday, September 15 at 5:00 p.m. 

"We've heard a lot of rumblings that this location may be cursed because other concepts haven't been
able to succeed here. I can tell you, from the quality of our employees to the overwhelming support from
the community - our family and this location, are blessed" said Tommy Cvitanovich, owner of Drago's
Seafood Restaurant. "It has taken us longer than we anticipated to bring a Drago's to Lafayette, but we
are here now and looking forward to serving this community for many years to come."

Cvitanovich co-owns and operates four Drago's restaurants in Metairie, New Orleans, and Jackson, Miss.,
with the new Lafayette location opening shortly after him being named the 2017 Restaurateur of the Year
by the Louisiana Restaurant Association.

Cvitanovich's parents, Drago and Klara, opened their first restaurant in Metairie's Fat City neighborhood
in 1969, after they immigrated to the United States from Croatia. The restaurant's goal was to offer
delicious seafood and a family atmosphere at a reasonable price. Cvitanovich, along with his brother,
Gerry, grew up in the restaurant, helping out when they were not in school. That hands-on experience
prepared him for taking over the day-to-day operations of Drago's, which expanded to the Hilton New
Orleans Riverside in 2007 and Jackson, Miss., in 2014. But Cvitanovich knows who's still the boss - he
jokes often and fondly that his mother "still signs his checks." Cvitanovich cares deeply about his family
legacy in the restaurant industry, perhaps even more so since his father's passing earlier this year.
Cvitanovich is known as one of the most generous restaurateurs in the state. After Hurricane Katrina, he
facilitated the feeding of thousands of residents and first responders in the days and weeks after the
storm. He and his restaurant's efforts earned him the 2006 Restaurant Neighbor Award from the National
Restaurant Association. He also received one of the most prestigious community service awards in New
Orleans, the Times-Picayune Loving Cup, in 2010.

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