Sportsman’s Seafood and Deli serving popular cuisine at convenient location

On December 2, 2016, Sportsman’s Seafood and Deli officially opened on Hwy 61 near Hwy 964 (Old Scenic) for dine-in business, but owner Perry Sagely had a head start on his customer base since he began selling wholesale crawfish in 2009. He found that market too competitive to secure local business customers, so he shifted his focus and began selling to the public. In a short time, Sagely had built a profitable side business known as Uncle P’s Crawfish by focusing on delicious crawfish and great customer satisfaction.

Zachary Chamber of Commerce and the owners of Sportsman Seafood and Deli hosted a ribbon-cutting in February at the business at 14506 Scenic Highway . Those helping celebrate the opening are, from left, are David Amrhein, Delores Sutton, Kate MacArthur, Paula Hollingsworth, John Hollingsworth, Perry Hollingsworth, co-owner Barrett Holllingsworth, co-owner Perry Sagely, David McDavid, Liz Pardi and Julie McLin.

A couple of years ago, a friend had approached Sagely with a business proposal. Ricky Yousef, owner of a Chevron convenience store on Highway 19 in Baker, intended to purchase the building on Highway 61 near Zachary, but he only wanted to run the convenience store. Yousef asked Sagely if he’d be interested in operating his crawfish business from the other side. Sagely agreed, and what began then as a carry-out-only enterprise has evolved into a new restaurant – Sportsman’s Seafood and Deli – on the busy thoroughfare.
Sagely brought on Barrett Hollingsworth to partner with him and serve as the operations manager. Hollingsworth worked tirelessly to get the proper permits and equipment needed to open in December. He noted that while they benefit from the business’ location with plants along Hwy 61 ordering daily, 95% of their business comes from other repeat customers, with most learning about the restaurant through social media.
A cozy dining room entices patrons to experience all that Sportsman’s Seafood and Deli has to offer–friendly staff, savory smells, delicious food, and decor that’s sure to win over any outdoorsman. Elk, deer, and fowl adorn the corrugated tin walls framed with beautiful wood planks. Behind the counter of distressed tin and wood, a chalkboard displays market prices and daily specials.
“We are having huge success with our ‘Sportsman’s Recover Burger,’ which has double meat, bacon and fried egg,” said Sagely. “Also, the ‘Wilson’ is a brisket sandwich with fried egg, bacon, and Pepper Jack cheese.”
The full menu, posted on their website, includes breakfast items, brisket and ribs from their smokehouse, hamburgers, catfish, chicken, poboys, gumbo, plate lunches, and–of course–crawfish.
Sportsman’s wouldn’t be complete without the product that started it all. Sagely has been selling about 500 sacks of the critters each weekend, and he anticipates a long season. In addition to boiled and live crawfish, the business also sells shrimp (boiled or fresh), crabs (boiled or live), snow crab legs, and fresh fish fillets. Deer processing rounds out their services, with favorites like jalapeno cheese and bacon burgers.

Details:

Sportsman’s Seafood and Deli, 14506 Scenic Hwy., Baton Rouge (near Zachary); 225-719-2786. Hours: 5am-8pm Monday-Saturday; 5am-5pm Sunday; Website: sportsmansenterprises.com; Facebook: Sportsman’s Seafood & Deli.
Sagely and Hollingsworth both grew up in the St. Francisville and Zachary areas, value their families, and understand the importance of coming together as a community to help others.
The restaurant proudly “Backs the Blue” and offers a 10% discount to uniformed officers every day. Recently they showed extended support by giving 10% of all plate lunch sales for two weeks of to the family of Sergeant Shawn Anderson of the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s office, who was killed in the line of duty March 18.
Sportsman’s serves breakfast from 5:00 – 10:45 a.m. then switches to the lunch menu, but Sagely says he is a firm believer in 100% customer satisfaction. “If I have it, I’ll cook it–whatever someone wants at whatever time.”

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