Langenstein’s, located in New Orleans and a city known for its unique cuisine, has become the “go to spot” for food lovers since 1922 offering customers prepared New Orleans’ delicacies, gourmet items and their everyday grocery needs. Langenstein’s is not only the oldest full service grocery store in New Orleans but also a fifth generation owned and operated family business.
“My great great-grandfather started the business in 1922,” says Trey Lanaux, fifth-generation owner and operator. “Through the years each generation has stepped up to continue serving the New Orleans area with the best selection of seafood, meats and prepared New Orleans delicacies.”
When Michael Langenstein and his sons George and Richard opened Langenstein’s supermarket in the early 1920’s, their goal was to carry the best meat and seafood in New Orleans. Little did they realize that their small corner grocery store would grow to become New Orleans’ finest market.
In 1954 the grocery store outgrew the original store front and relocated from 1300 Arabella St. presently the home of Prytania Liquor Store, also run by the Lanaux family, to 1330 Arabella Street, where it is today. The space was ten times the size of their previous location and the family expected to grow into the space in a few years; it took only three months.
Since its inception, Langenstein’s has always been open to customer feedback and suggestions.
Due to this business model, in the 1970‘s Langenstein’s began offering prepared gourmet food using good old-fashioned family recipes. In addition to the prepared meals, if a customer wanted a gourmet item that was not available in New Orleans, Langenstein’s would do its best to stock them.
In 1994 with the success of the Uptown store, Langenstein’s opened a second location in Metairie, a suburb of New Orleans.
“At the time there wasn’t a grocery store on Metairie Road and a lot of our customer base had moved from New Orleans to the suburbs so it seemed like an ideal next step,” says H.D. Lanaux
Jr., fourth-generation owner and President.
Both locations continue to serve the New Orleans area and offer a complete line of homemade New Orleans cooked specialties such as Crawfish Etouffee and Bisque, Seafood Gumbo, Grillades, Red Beans and Rice and countless others.
Now 90 years later, Langenstein’s is a 5th generation owned and operated business, proudly holding true to it’s original ideals, while still adapting to the needs and suggestions of their loyal customers.