Restaurants stock up for Lent, seafood prices high
PRAIRIEVILLE - Lenten season, the 40-day period leading up to Easter is observed by Catholics as a time to reflect and repent. It's also a time to fast from certain luxuries and meat on Fridays.
Restaurants are busy preparing specials to accommodate those observing, and stocking up on supplies.
"We probably double or triple our orders," said On the Half Shell owner Beau Dicharry. "It's all hands on deck. Generally, the first Friday of Lent is the biggest day for us."
This year, the cold weather has made seafood prices higher than usual. Crawfish season got off to a slow start after many farmers report they're slow moving, small and not plentiful.
Henry Knieper at Tommy's Fish House says up until two weeks ago, he didn't have much crawfish.
"We were able to get the right size crawfish and we have them now," said Knieper.
Tommy's Fish House says they are not offering any live crawfish right now, because the supply is still pretty low. They're selling them boiled them for $5.99 a pound.
"It's just rough because even though the people want the crawfish, it kind of makes them back off a little bit," said Knieper. "This is probably the highest prices on crawfish and probably shrimp in at least 20 years."
Restaurants say as the temperature continues to rise, the cost of crawfish will drop.