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R. Scott Harrington

Scott Harrington, born in 1953, grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota. In December 1972, at nineteen, he boarded a train in sub-zero Minneapolis with his girlfriend for his first ever trip to New Orleans. Staying with friends and going out every night, he was mesmerized by the place, especially Pat O’Brien’s. Towards the end of the trip, he decided to stay and get a job at Pat O’Brien’s. Harrington worked there for seven years, selling Hurricanes during the wild 1970s and then began working at the notorious Bourbon Street club, Lucky Pierre’s in 1979.

Harrington, along with his brother, Jeff, worked at restaurants in the French Quarter until 2017. The brothers went from working in bars to waiting tables at fine dining landmarks including The Court of Two Sisters and Arnaud’s. Harrington started working at Brennan’s on Royal Street in 1984, under the leadership of Teddy Brennan. He worked there on and off until 2013.

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