Johnnie Schram, founder and owner of the long-running Fat City restaurant Crazy Johnnie's Steak House, has died at 76. She passed away in her Metairie home May 7 following a long illness.
The news was shared by Bart Sevin, whose father, Barry Sevin, was Schram's partner of 25 years and helped run Crazy Johnnie's until it closed in 2014.
"Johnnie led one of those interesting lives, which was more common in the past, which included younger days at Ole Miss where her father, Johnny Cain, coached Archie Manning, and years of adventurous globe trotting before opening her signature restaurant," Sevin said in a statement.
Schram was born in Lafayette and in 1986 opened Crazy Johnnie's Steak House as a bar that later became a popular restaurant known for bargain steaks and filet mignon po-boys. The Metairie mainstay was open for nearly three decades before closing four years ago when rising meat costs forced the business to shutter.
A service for Schram will be held 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. May 19 at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Metairie.