DRAGO’S JACKSON OPENING ANNOUNCED

Deuce McAllister to Participate in a Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

NEW ORLEANS, LA. (December 9, 2014) – The Cvitanovich family of Drago’s Seafood Restaurant, with their partner Spire Hospitality, have announced the date of their Jackson, MS opening. Beginning Wednesday, December 10, 2014, Drago’s Jackson will be open nightly for dinner service, 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., for the initial opening period. They plan to expand hours to offer both lunch and dinner service in the beginning of January.

Deuce McAllister, a Jackson native, former New Orleans Saints player and close family friend of the Cvitanovich family, will participate in a ribbon cutting ceremony to be held at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, celebrating the grand opening of the first Drago’s location outside of the New Orleans area. Deuce has been a big fan of Drago’s and their signature dish, the Original Charbroiled Oyster, since he originally moved to New Orleans in 2001.

The new restaurant is located at 1005 East County Line Road, next door to to the Hilton Jackson Mississippi at Interstate 55 and County Line Road, just 13 miles from the Jackson-Evers International Airport and only a few minutes from downtown Jackson. Guests will be able to view first-hand the $2.5 million renovation of the site where Huntington’s Grille was previously located.

Drago’s will bring their authentic New Orleans-themed seafood dishes to Jackson, including their world famous Original Charbroiled Oysters and the freshest live Maine lobsters. “We will be serving the same menus and prices at all of our locations, and consistency in both food and service is of the utmost importance to our family,” said Tommy Cvitanovich, owner of Drago’s Seafood Restaurant. “Our customers continually expect the best from Drago’s, and we plan to continue to give it to them whether they are in New Orleans or Jackson.”

The Jackson restaurant features seating for 400 guests throughout a 10,000 square foot space. Other locations are in Metairie, LA and in the Hilton New Orleans Riverside. Drago’s delivery trucks will bring fresh Louisiana oysters and other Gulf seafood to Jackson daily from New Orleans.

The Drago’s family of restaurants now collectively employs approximately 450 total employees –
the Jackson location has created 150 new local jobs, in addition to approximately 300 employees in the New Orleans area. “We are proud to be partners with the Cvitanovich family who created this business in 1969,” said Skipper Westbrook, Hilton Jackson general manager. “The jobs created here will make a significant impact in our local community, and we have a great product to bring to the people of Jackson.”

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About Drago’s Seafood Restaurant

Drago’s Seafood Restaurant officially opened in February 1969. Owners Drago and Klara Cvitanovich are part of a close-knit Croatian community that has thrived in New Orleans since the 1800s. Their son, Tommy, created their signature dish, the Original Charbroiled Oyster, of which they sell over 3 million annually. Drago’s has locations in Metairie, LA, at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside, and in Jackson, MS. The Hilton New Orleans Riverside location is among the highest grossing restaurants in Louisiana, and is the highest grossing and most profitable restaurant in the Hilton chain worldwide. For more information on the Drago’s tradition and their commitment to community giving, visit www.dragosjackson.com. Follow on Twitter or on Facebook.