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Watch a Short Film About Florida's Iconic O'Steen's Restaurant

A documentary by the Southern Foodways Alliance.

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Here's yet-another great film brought to you by the folks behind the Southern Foodways Alliance: This time, filmmaker Troy Stains heads to St. Augustine, Florida's landmark seafood restaurant O'Steen's, where guests line up for as many as three hours to eat its iconic butterflied fried shrimp. Current owner Lonnie Pomar recounts the history of the restaurant, open since the mid-1960s: More than half of O'Steen's current employees have been working there for more than 25 years, and Pomar himself started working at the restaurant as a busboy.

"Mr. O'Steen taught me basically everything I know about the restaurant business," Pomar says. "Serve good quality food at the best price you can, and the people will come back. And that's basically what's [been] goin' on for almost 50 years now." Go, watch the short film above.

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