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Longview in Gregg County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Johnny Cace's Seafood and Steak House

 
 
Johnny Cace's Seafood and Steak House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 17, 2015
1. Johnny Cace's Seafood and Steak House Marker
Inscription.
  This east Texas landmark established by John "Johnny" Cace, Jr. has served the area since 1949. Johnny was the son of a Yugoslav immigrant who grew up on the island village of Prvic Luka and spent his childhood fishing and boating in the Adriatic Sea. John Cace, Sr. arrived in Buras, Louisiana in 1915 where there was a community of Yugoslav fishermen and oystermen. In 1916, Cace married into a family who owned oyster beds and fishing boats. John, Jr., or Johnny, was born in 1917 and learned the way of the sea and bayous at an early age. Johnny graduated second in his high school class and attended Louisiana State University for two years before moving with his parents to Shreveport in 1936. The family sold fresh seafood and oysters from their home and soon opened a restaurant.
  In 1939, Johnny married Valerie Savony and then joined the U.S. Air Force. Johnny and his family moved to Longview in 1949 and opened Johnny Cace’s Seafood and Steak House. They lived above the restaurant which became noted for quality seafood, fresh shucked oysters and creole recipes. The original location was expanded three times before a New Orleans style building was erected in 1964 at this location. In 1966, Johnny was elected president of both the Texas Restaurant Association and the Longview Chamber of Commerce. Cace was named “Man
Former Johnny Cace's Seafood and Steak House image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 17, 2015
2. Former Johnny Cace's Seafood and Steak House
Now closed
of the Year” by the Longview Federated Clubs in 1992. He died in November 2000. Johnny Cace established a landmark family business that spans three generations and is known throughout the state, region and nation.
Marker is property of the State of Texas
 
Erected 2013 by the Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 17735.)
 
Location. 32° 30.262′ N, 94° 43.007′ W. Marker is in Longview, Texas, in Gregg County. Marker is on East Marshall Avenue 0.1 miles east of American Legion Road, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1501 East Marshall Avenue, Longview TX 75601, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Delta Drilling Company (approx. 1.3 miles away); Longview Expands Its Influence (approx. 1.3 miles away); The Fabulous Fifties (approx. 1.3 miles away); Completing a Century of Development (approx. 1.3 miles away); Industry Accelerates Economic Growth (approx. 1.3 miles away); World War II & Its Aftermath (approx. 1.3 miles away); The Oil Boom Brings Renewal (approx. 1.3 miles away); A City That Grows (approx. 1.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Longview.
 
Regarding Johnny Cace's Seafood and Steak House.
Johnny Cace's Seafood and Steak House sign. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 17, 2015
3. Johnny Cace's Seafood and Steak House sign.
This marker was planned for two years before the permanent closing of the restaurant in March, 2015. The marker was installed in February, 2015.
 
Also see . . .  Restaurant story and closure announcement. (Submitted on September 25, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
Wide photo of former restaurant. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 17, 2015
4. Wide photo of former restaurant.
The view east on Marshall Avenue. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 17, 2015
5. The view east on Marshall Avenue.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 136 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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