You Only Turn 90 Once

It Was a Big Celebration—with a Big Community Impact

July 11, 2012 was a big day for us—and for Drago, our founder! He turned 90 that day, and the birthday bash we threw for him made a big splash in our community. That’s because we donated 100% of our July 11th Metairie sales proceeds—a grand total of $103,693—to the St. Bernard Project, which fund the rebuilding of homes and lives of Hurricane Katrina victims in St. Bernard Parish (learn more and donate here).

Since he first called New Orleans home in 1969, Drago has been committed to community giving. So with his family, friends and longstanding patrons gathered around, Drago celebrated in style—and with a cause that was close to his heart.

“Dad’s legacy isn’t just a great restaurant for his customers, it’s a great community for his neighbors,” said Tommy Cvitanovich. “Building homes for those in need is the perfect birthday present.”

“We couldn’t be more pleased with Drago’s kindness,” says Liz McCartney, of the St. Bernard Project. “Our mission is to remove physical, mental and emotional barriers for vulnerable families, senior citizens and disabled residents who are struggling to recover from the devastation and trauma caused by Hurricane Katrina and the Oil Spill. Our disaster rebuilding and affordable housing efforts will be greatly impacted by this generous donation.”

Happy Birzzday Drago

Photos by Frank Stansbury, Cake by Maurice's

Drago & John Young

Parish President John Young proclaims Drago Day in Jefferson Parish

Edwina Gibson and Klara Cvitanovich

St. Bernard Project Recipient Edwina Gibson with Klara Cvitanovich