As the winds of time have blown in Shreveport many things about this city have changed. Gone are the days of the “Mom and Pop” Italian-owned grocery stores and the sounds of blues and rock-n-roll music coming from Shreveport’s historic “Blue Goose District.” The honky-tonks and shotgun houses that once dotted the streets in this distinctive area of town are only a beat remaining in the hearts of the ones who grew up during this bygone era. However, as time marches forward one constant and unchanging force of the “Blue Goose District” still remains: “Papa Fertitta’s Famous Olive Mix.”
Nestled in the heart of historic Shreveport sits the last historic “Mom and Pop” grocery store, known for so many firsts: Fertitta’s Delicatessen was the first imported foods store, and catering service in Shreveport. It brought the first and only Muffy sandwich to the world. It is also the first and only family owned restaurant in the State of Louisiana on the National Registry of Historic Places. Fertitta’s Delicatessen and Catering Service has undergone many changes, but to this day it still holds fast to its roots in a long forgotten age.
Now owned by Papa Sam Fertitta’s only daughter, Agatha, Fertitta’s Delicatessen and Catering Service is going to step out once again and brave the winds of time. We would like to invite you to step on board with us as we launch an old constant into a new era. Introducing itself to the world again is: “Papa Fertitta’s Famous Olive Mix.”
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places in the United States Department of the Interior 1927