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The SFA oral history program documents life stories from the American South. Collecting these stories, we honor the people whose labor defines the region.

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ORAL HISTORY

Crechale’s


Paul Crechale opened his eponymous restaurant off Highway 80 outside downtown Jackson in 1956. A native of the Greek island of Skopelos, Paul was a veteran restaurateur. In the 1920s, he owned eateries in both Chicago and Tampa Bay. He lost his restaurants following a disastrous car accident and returned to Greece but, during the lead-up to World War II, returned to America, where he settled for a time in Clarksdale, Mississippi, before making his way to Jackson.

Today, Paul’s grandson Bob Crechale runs the locally beloved restaurant. The menu remains decidedly old-school: prime steaks; hickory-smoked chicken; broiled or fried fish, shrimp, and crab, fresh-caught from the Gulf. The clientele returns night after night to play 1950s and 60s classics on the jukebox, while basking in the dining room’s pleasant neon glow.

Date of interview:
2014-03-07

Interviewer:
Rien Fertel

Photographer:
Rien Fertel

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