Crawfish season is here and starting out slow

NELA restaurants are gearing up for a good crawfish season.
NELA restaurants are gearing up for a good crawfish season.(KNOE)
Published: Jan. 4, 2021 at 9:50 AM CST
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MONROE, La. (KNOE) - Crawfish season has started, and people are already craving mudbugs. Local restaurants are gearing up for business.

Monroe’s own Riverside Coney Island has been open for over thirty years and is a local favorite for seafood. This well-known spot was created by Tom Hardy.

“First come to Monroe, Louisiana in 1976,” Hardy said. “This was a hot dog town, and I started eating hot dogs and said wow, they need a hot dog place up here on Louisville. Found this place and turned it into a hot dog place. But a year and a half later, I got into crawfish. Now, it’s come from Coney Island to a seafood restaurant.”

Even though the season just started, Hardy says there is a high demand for crawfish.

“It’s unreal. They want them so bad,” Hardy said. “I can’t catch enough. Today, I had two big places down south. I go down myself and get our own crawfish. Between the two, we only caught 35 sacks today. That’s only going to last us a few hours.”

He says he catches his crawfish in Church Point and thinks the season will be good. He’s waiting for the weather to warm up.

“I think they will start catching when the weather improves and the price will come down. But right now, I can’t get enough,” Hardy said.

With low crawfish supply, Hardy is also selling shrimp and crabs at his restaurant.

He hopes business will pick up, so he can offer crawfish through August and watch his customers enjoy themselves.

“It’s something I love to do. When you have a job and you love it, it makes it easy. This has been easy for me,” Hardy said.

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