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1938 - 2013
The son of Sicilian immigrants, John Majoria was part of the family that started Majoria Drugs and Majoria’s Grocery in Boutte. He got into the restaurant business with his childhood friend, Bruce Griffen,
When they bought the now-long-gone downtown cafe Mumphrey’s on St. Charles Avenue. They then bought the Commerce Restaurant about a year after it opened. There was no question back then that New Orleans staples would be their bread and butter.
In the background, the constant clunking ring of proprietor Brett Majoria working the ancient cash register can be heard. Good natured and soft-spoken, he’s always here, surveying the room from the till like a captain at the helm. Brett Majoria started working by his father’s side here after graduating college in 1992, and he took over not long before his death in 2013.