Way back when, in 1970, Louisiana Creole Gumbo could be found on Gratiot Ave., on the edge of Eastern Market—back then it was called Luzianne Creole Gumbo and Margerine and Joe Stafford served up the authentic Louisiana and southern-style fare Joe picked up from his mother on Bayou Lafourche in Louisiana. After many years, the Stafford’s brought on three new faces to take over their mantle, and under their skillful guidance, Doug Morison, Joe Spencer, and Charles Martin.
But it was a coin flip that truly decided the fate of Louisiana Creole Gumbo. The emerging entrepreneurs couldn’t decide
between continuing the tradition of the LCG or developing apartment buildings for Detroit’s thriving new community.
Well, you know how the coin landed.
It’s thanks to that coin flip that forty years later, LCG still serves up the Stafford family recipes. From its 2 locations
across Detroit, Louisiana Creole Gumbo is continuing the traditions, legacy, and love of quality food and company alive in their stores.
Where it all Began
The Story of Joe and Margerine Stafford
Joseph Stafford brought Creole cooking to Detroit in (October) 1970 when he and his wife Margerine opened Luzianne Creole Gumbo shop at 20151 Gratiot Ave., on the edge of Detroit’s Eastern Market. Stafford learned to cook from his mother on Bayou Lafourche near Thibodaux, Louisiana in the southwest part of New Orleans. The recipes Stafford used then are the same recipes you will find when you walk into Louisiana Creole Gumbo today.
Where we are now
Always Getting Better...
Now a Detroit culinary landmark. In 1982, the Stafford’s retired and entrusted the restaurant to a management group led by Joe Spencer, under the name of LCG Inc. Today, Joe Spencer and his family are keeping Joseph Stafford’s recipes, legacy and love for this great city live alive and well with new locations throughout the city of Detroit.
2019 Quicken Loans Detroit Demo Day Winner
From an applicant pool of over 500 Detroit business owners and 15 finalists, The Louisiana Creole Gumbo was chosen as the $250k first place winner in the “grow” category. This funding was intended to help established business grow and expand their businesses locally, and will be used by The Louisiana Creole Gumbo to open a third location in Southeast Michigan.
In The News
Watch as manager Stephanie and LCG president Joe celebrate National Mac & Cheese day with Channel 7 by making crab and shrimp mac & cheese!
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