Musician, restaurateur, civic leader Dooky Chase dead at 88

FILE PHOTO President Bush, center, flanked by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, left, and Mexican President Felipe Calderon pose for a photo with owners Lea and Dooky Chase, Tuesday, April 22, 2008, at Dooky Chase's Restaurant in New Orleans, at the start of their breakfast meeting. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – New Orleans restaurateur, musician and civic leader Edgar “Dooky” Chase Jr. is dead at age 88.

Chase’s granddaughter Tracie Griffin says he died Tuesday. She says Chase and his wife, chef Leah Chase, had been married for 70 years.

Their famed restaurant, “Dooky Chase,” was named after Chase’s father, who opened it in 1939 as a sandwich shop.

A biography on the family foundation’s webpage says the younger Chase delivered sandwiches for the shop but went on to play trumpet in his own jazz band.

He met Leah Lange when his band was playing for a Mardi Gras ball in 1945, and they married the next year.

According to the biography, Chase and his mother ran the restaurant together after Chase Sr. died in 1957.


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