Koz’s in Lakeview closing after 9-yr po-boy run

The Lakeview po-boy restaurant Koz’s is closing its doors. Owner Max Greunig broke the news to customers Thursday (Jan. 11) on Facebook.

“After much thought, I have decided to move on from the restaurant business,” Greunig wrote in his post. “It has been an unbelievably rewarding experience. I have met so many people, and had the pleasure to be a part of customers, birthdays, weddings, etc. Many of you have become family. I am forever indebted to all you did for my family and this great neighborhood.”

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Reached Friday morning, Greunig said he had reached the point – with children age 4 and 7 – that he wanted to spend more time with his family as well as return to college.

“It was just time. I’ve worked with my family in this business forever, and I was ready to go in a different direction,” said Greunig, who recently turned 30.

Another restaurant owner is buying the business on Harrison Avenue, although Greunig would not identify who’s taking it over.

Before Koz’s opened shop in 2009, other food outlets had operated out of the former Charlie’s Delicatessen space after Hurricane Katrina but failed to gain traction. The Greunigs success would mirror the comeback of the neighborhood after the storm. “The neighborhood’s been great. We’re going to miss the people,” Max said.

It’s the second location of the family owned business that traces its roots back to Gentilly. Max’s father, Gary “Koz” Greunig, started working at the Po-boy Bakery on Franklin Avenue in 1965 at age 12. Founder Jerry Seely would run the restaurant with the Greunig family for the next 40 years until the levee failures during Katrina flooded the building.

Seely relocated to Eunice after the storm, and the Greunigs went to Harahan where they leased a vacant restaurant space on Wilson Street in December 2005 and opened the first Koz’s. Max Greunig said his father will continue to operate the Harahan restaurant after the Lakeview location closes next Friday (Jan. 19).

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