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How did the 'Po-Boy'ย get its name?

ย  ย  In 1922, two Cajun guys from Lockport, La., opened a small sandwich shop in the French Quarter of New Orleans.ย 
ย ย ย ย Their names were Bernie and Clovis Martin, and they had worked for a time as streetcar conductors. A labor strike between their old Streetcar Union and the City prompted them to feed (free of charge) any unemployed union man who entered their shop. And they fed a lot of hungry, jobless people, because the strike lasted for months.
ย ย ย ย "๐™ƒ๐™š๐™ง๐™š ๐™˜๐™ค๐™ข๐™š๐™จ ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™ค๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ง ๐™ฅ๐™ค๐™ค๐™ง ๐™—๐™ค๐™ฎ!" one of the Martins would call out every time a member of the union showed up. New Orleanians eventually condensed the word to "po-boy."
ย ย ย ย More on this intriguing story can be found in the cookbook titled 'The Top 100 New Orleans Recipes of All time" - which is the companion book to "The Top 100 Cajun Recipes..." - both available from the publisher at www.acadianhouse.com/cookbooks. The first po-boys were made with 32-inch French breads from Gendusa Bakery in New Orleans.

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