Crawfish Crazy: App helps customers find deals in Central Louisiana

ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - If you are looking for the best live or boiled crawfish deals this Easter weekend, there is an app for that!

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Whether you are stopping by or sitting down, Central Louisiana seafood businesses are full of huge crawfish, now at the peak of the season.

With Easter just days away local owners are getting ready for the orders.

"Holy Week is usually a very busy week for us," said Area Manager of Rosie Jo's Shona Chesterman. "Lots and lots of requests for the crawfish."

"We will go through more crawfish on Friday than we do in some months," said Hot Heads Crawfish Owner Richard Rand. "So, it is pretty wild."

Fortunately, there is an app that can help both business and customer. Crawfish spots like Hot Heads and Rosie Jo's are listed on the crawfish app.

"It lets the public know who has them, what the current prices are," Chesterman said.

The app helps customers find deals, but also cuts down on call volume for owners.

"Especially on a weekend like this, where we have 200 messages in our inbox," Rand said. "We can't check them all."

Using the app is simple. First users specify if they want boiled or live crawfish. Then they set the search radius. In seconds a list of local businesses, their price per pound, address and more will pop up.

The app updates prices every Friday or vendors can do it themselves with the changing market.

"Monday the price went up 25 cents for us buying them," Rand said. "So everybody has had to update theirs from what it was last weekend. It is an up and down market, every week is different."

It even lists reviews. But owners promise their crawfish taste and their service go hand in hand.

"It's all about the experience," Chesterman said. "A great meal you can get a lot of places in Louisiana. But, true hospitality, that comes from within."

They hope to keep the crawdads coming for as long as possible.

"Usually Father's Day weekend," Rand said. "If we can go for longer, we will go longer."

Rosie Jo's also offers hot seafood dishes all year round. Other businesses are listed on the app like Swamp Daddy's, Robbie G's and more.

The Crawfish App is available in the Apple App Store or Google Play.

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