Harold & Belles has been a staple in the Black Community and the Jefferson Park Community of Los Angeles since 1969. This area was once one of the wealthiest areas with Edwardian, Craftsman and Art Deco mansions throughout the neighborhood. It was an area that promoted family, faith and community. Businesses thrived and African Americans who migrated to the area also had an opportunity to put down roots and provide work and enjoyment to the various citizens of what became known as “Sugar Hill.”
This year marks the 45th Anniversary of the restaurant which is a landmark today for any small family owned (especially African- American) business to still be operating. The restaurant is now owned and operated by the third generation Legaux family members Ryan and Jessica. Together they formed Legaux Holdings as the new umbrella for the restaurant, its new catering truck operations and expanded catering business as well as other future endeavors including seasonings and other customer friendly products.
On Saturday, July 5 Harold and Belles Restaurant held their 6th Annual Summer Block Party and Crawfish Bowl. The event was all about music, food, and family fun. Jessica and Ryan wanted to let the community know how much they appreciate the years of customer support and loyalty that started years ago with their parents and has continued now, through several generations.
The center piece of the event was a real New Orleans Crawfish Broil. Crawfish is a New Orleans delicacy, but not often found here in Los Angeles. The broiling of the crawfish along with other shellfish like crabs and shrimp as well as corn on the cob, potatoes all in a very spicy seasoning is a true New Orleans tradition and gave New Orleaneans a chance to enjoy a small taste of their hometown while at the same time introduced the seafood sensation to an entire new generations of seafood fans.
The Legaux’s believe in family and community, which is what, has propelled the restaurant to be an institution and the most prominent African American Restaurant in all of Los Angeles. But, Ryan Legaux says “the best is yet to come”. This summer the plan is to begin renovations of the restaurant and to bring a new flair to the block while holding on to many of the family traditions.
“We are the next generation of restaurateurs and entrepreneurs in our family. It is our intent to build on the legacy and history of the past while adding a new generation’s flair, no how and experience to the business”.