Recently, a FQ neighbor shared with me that Tyler’s Pride Produce had closed at # 67 French Market Place and that the location is now in use by El Gato Negro restaurant. Although not surprising news, I felt it deserved a post here because Tyler’s Pride was the last produce house operating at the French Market.
Even so the list of produce houses that still operate in the city is impressive. Unfortunately, not one of these companies has their family/company history on their site, but I found some data on the state’s website, and will continue to update.
A.J.’s: 3162 Chartres (owned by Benandi family, formerly Minnie and Papa’s)
Bubba’s: 400 Marigny (which has an instantly recognizable French Quarter/produce family last name at president, C.J. Marcello)
George’s Produce: Westbank (George Sr. had worked at F&M Produce at French Market, picture on Page 5
Mistretta’s: NO East
Louisiana Fresh (aka as Cusimano Produce): South Dupre Street
Matrana’s Produce: Westbank
Tyler’s Pride Produce: Kenner