Joseph Casamento

 

 

Age: 80

 

Summary: restaurateur and son of the Casamento's Restaurant founder and original owner Joe Casamento whose father opened the famous Uptown New Orleans oyster bar and restaurant after immigrating to the United States from Ustica, Italy in the early 1900's, who had been a fixture at the iconic, tile-lined family restaurant since childhood as he shucked oysters for half a century amid the floor-to-ceiling tile of his family's eponymous restaurant across town on Magazine Street (he lived above the restaurant), and who runs the restaurant with his nephew C.J. Gerdes and niece-in-law Linda to keep the place immaculate for many years after his father's death.

 

 

Cause of Death: Natural causes while evacuating in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina

 

Born: June 8, 1925

 

Died: August 29, 2005

 

Location: Vicksburg, Mississippi