From one of the first Crawfish Town USA boiler cooks in 1986 to owner of Crawfish Town USA in 2005.
An interview with Johnny Hebert
I guess it was destiny. I grew up in the restaurant business. At age 12 I was washing dishes at Pat's Waterfront Restaurant in Henderson, Louisiana. At age 16 I was hired by Jerry Guidry, owner and founder of Crawfish Town USA. I was trained by the owner of Vernick's in Abbeville, Louisiana to become one of the first crawfish boilers when Crawfish Town USA opened in 1986. I enjoyed the work and the $3.65 an hour pay. That was big money back then. Life was good. At age 17 I was hired by Landry's Seafood in Henderson, Louisiana as a fry cook. At age 18 I was promoted to assistant manager. It probably helped that the owner of Landry's Seafood was my Uncle/Parrain Tony's next door neighbor.
I enjoyed managing the restaurant, but at age 21, I married my beautiful wife Wendy. After 6 months of married life and working long hours, weekends, and holidays, my wife suggested I look into a different line of work. So I then moved over to the food distribution side of the business. For 16 years I worked with restaurants, and became a vital part of their business.
In 2005, Crawfish Town USA was for sale. I then began the biggest selling job of my career. I had to convince my wife and the bank that I could revive the restaurant to its early days of grand success. They fell for it.
After only 6 years in the restaurant it certainly has been revived. Wendy and I couldn't ask for a better life. We hope for many more years of success here. It has become a very gratifying place to work. Ironically, we work long hours, weekends and holidays, but it all seems worth it when we see happy employees and customers.