Spotlight on New Orleans
The Cvitanovich Family & Drago’s Seafood Restaurant
Owners of Drago's Seafood Restaurant
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Tommy Cvitanovich is the second generation proprietor of Drago’s Seafood Restaurant. As the son of Drago’s founders, Drago and Klara Cvitanovich, Tommy knows a thing or two about the restaurant business. He started in grade school bussing tables in his uncle’s restaurant. When Tommy’s parents opened Drago’s in 1969, he peeled shrimp in the kitchen.
Thirty years later, he has taken the restaurant his parents started to new heights, reaching annual sales of over 10 million.
Under Tommy’s direction, Drago’s has opened the family’s second location at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside. This new location will offer the same delicious menu items such as the dish that made the restaurant famous, Charbroiled Oysters. And both restaurants will continue to be guided by Tommy’s philosophy, “Everything is about and for the customer.”
Tommy Cvitanovich is the founder of the wildly popular spring fundraiser at Lafreniere Park, Taste of the Town, which benefits restaurant employees. He is a member of the National Restaurant Association, Executive Committee Member of the Louisiana Restaurant Association, and former President of the Greater New Orleans Chapter of the Louisiana Restaurant Association. He is a member of the Louisiana Seafood Promotion Board and serves on countless other boards and associations.
In September of 2006, Tommy received the prestigious Restaurant Neighbor Award given by the National Restaurant Association for serving 77,000 free meals in the weeks following Hurricane Katrina.
In a joint effort by Drago’s Seafood Restaurant and the Hilton New Orleans Riverside, 7 Vespa scooters will be donated on February 25th at 10AM to the NOPD’s 8th district. The scooters will be used to patrol the 8th District which encompasses the historic French Quarter, the Central Business District, the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, the New Orleans Arena and the Louisiana Superdome.
Tommy married the former Leanne Flick in 1995. They have four children—Madeline, Joseph, Carson, and Callie. The Cvitanovich family resides in Metairie, La.