Over a decade of involvement with Jack-in-the-Box and Pioneer Chicken franchises, Joe decided to start his own. Over a year in development, Louisiana Famous Fried Chicken was born out of many research trips to New Orleans and experimentation in the family carport. The first store opened in August of 1976 in Los Angeles and the response by the public, in general, was so overwhelming that 10 stores were built by 1979. Joe started Licensing his stores and authorizing the trademark and formulas to autonomous administrators. He currently retired and has turned over operations to Michael P Eng.