By Rande Archer
This Black Friday amongst the explosive consumerism, why not fill your stomachs in addition to your closets with good food and company? Baton Rouge’s own Mike Anderson’s Seafood is turning 40 and will be celebrating its anniversary against the backdrop of the November 27th Black Friday.
Established in 1975 by LSU football player Mike Anderson with humble beginnings and seafood offerings, the restaurant has grown to encompass a total of four locations all over South East Louisiana in Baton Rouge, Central, Gonzales and New Orleans, all serving their well-regarded and delicious offerings of seafood. With its long time success, Chip Robert, who has been the owner of Mike Anderson’s since 1995, reminisced about what the business and its founder mean to him and what made them such a success.
“To me, Mike Anderson, my uncle, is a true example of success,” said Robert. “Because of his dedication and perseverance, he is where he is today. I respect my uncle because he never accepted second best and that’s why we are celebrating our 40 year anniversary. It didn’t matter if we were talking grease, fries, lemons or fish. His expectations are the best and he never allows anything less. He built Mike Anderson’s with his family and friends input on recipes and they even helped with some of the manual labor, like hanging the cypress on the walls in the original location. To me, Uncle Mike can be described as a man who always expects the best and will work as hard as he needs to to make things happen. It’s awesome to me that as Uncle Mike grows, so may others grow as well. We have many team members who have been working with us for five, 10, 15, 20, 30…even 40 years. In my opinion that is what true success is, growing our team, as well as our business, simultaneously.”
Since the restaurant was founded with family and friends’ help and input, it’s no wonder that what sets this seafood joint apart from the rest of local restaurants is the strong family ties it has.
“Our business is a family business,” said Robert. “And when I say family, I mean me and my family are involved in the daily operations of the business. We are involved and concerned with the development of each team member.”
With these family-oriented ideals in mind, it was only obvious for Mike Anderson’s to host their 40th-anniversary party on a Black Friday, bringing families together for the Thanksgiving holiday.
“Because we are a family restaurant, it is important to try and attract so many of the families that will be in the Baton Rouge area during the Thanksgiving holiday,” said Robert.
Starting at 6 p.m. and ending at 10 p.m. at the restaurant’s parking lot located off of the corner of Lee Drive and Nicholson, the party is a free admission event that will feature a menu of food and drinks as well as an all-you-can-eat wristband option that will be $15, which can be paid in advance. The tent party will also feature live music, provided by Rockin’ Dopsie and The Zydeco Twisters.
With 40 years already knocked out of the park, Mike Anderson’s expects to keep providing its great service and food to its customers for several more years to come.
“Our guests can expect for us to continue to provide good service, great quality seafood,” said Robert. “Our commitment is to grow and exceed our standards far beyond our greatest expectations.”