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Oil spill hasn't chilled New Orleans seafood restaurants
Oil spill hasn't chilled New Orleans seafood restaurants

New Orleanians take their seafood seriously. So seriously, in fact, that it was front-page news last month when the French Quarter's P&J Oyster Co., a large supplier of Louisiana oysters in the U.S., shut down its oyster-shucking operation because of the oil spill. The oil that began to spew after the April 20 explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig about 120 miles southeast of New Orleans has not directly affected the city, except emotionally. But local chefs are scrambling to find new sources of oysters and other seafood as old ones close, then open, then close. Eating is a big part of New Orleans, both for locals and visitors: Local restaurants have annual sales of as much as...

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