Friday, January 9, 2015

Two Family Businesses Turn 175 in 2015

The two companies that celebrate 175 years in business this year are both in the food industry:
Gillies Coffee in New York and Antoine's restaurant in New Orleans.

Antoine's is known to many as the grand dame of fine French-Creole dining - and the birthplace of oysters Rockefeller. Run by a long line of the Alciatore family, it claims to be the oldest family-run restaurant in the United States.

Gillies is a wholesale specialty coffee merchant in New York run by eighth generation family members.

Both these organizations are true treasures - let's celebrate them. If they stay in business - and in the family - for another 25 years they will qualify to be part of the Henokeins Association of 200-year-old family run companies.

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