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Hannah From Louisiana:Adventures At Steamboat Bill's
by: Paige Vidrine

In 1982, Kathi Bonamici Vidrine and her three daughters found themselves in the coastal community of Lake Charles, Louisiana, through an act of unexpected fate. With very little money,  no friends or family in the  area and a strong will for survival, Kathi developed an unrelenting dream for success. She recognized being an entrepreneur was God’s calling in her life, even though she had very little know-how in business. She was sure her passion and work ethic would supersede her inadequacies. Therefore, she took a chance and began her journey as a business woman in the shrimping industry, first, in Leesville, La.  Because Leesville was a city known for being friendly to peddlers, she commuted there daily to sell her shrimp supply on the side of the road. Her bubbly personality, integrity and genuine love for humanity won her the respect of the public. “Kathi, the Shrimp Lady” had become a staple in the business community. 

As her reputation grew stronger, her business followed suit. She enlisted the support of her Brother Billy Bonamici to help her manage the overwhelming growth.  In order to supply the demand, they purchased a shrimp dock and purchasing plant, in Hackberry, LA. Napoleonic Law and restrictions plagued the growing business, eventually landing her before the Supreme Court. To the delight of the community, she emerged victorious.

Years later, William “Bill” Vidrine, a local fisherman, joined Kathi in her journey. Being a leader in the seafood  industry,
Bill used his  experience and knowledge  of the business to accelerate  the growth of Steamboat Bill’s  Seafood Market. Later, they opened two locations for Steamboat Bill’s in Lake Charles, LA. (Lakeshore Drive & Martin Luther King Hwy). Sticking to a firm business model, working long hours and focusing on delivering a quality product, these two were unknowingly creating a brand that has withstood the test of time.  The success of Steamboat Bill’s is credited to God, our loyal customers, our hard working staff, the founding family and most importantly the road  side peddler’s dream of Katherine Vidrine.  With the support of everyone involved in the journey, Steamboat Bill’s has gained the reputation that it maintains in the restaurant industry. With multiple locations emerging throughout the south, the growth of the franchise is being realized. The excitement is overwhelming and the possibilities are endless.

The Steamboat Bill's Family

Congratulations To: Kathi Vidrine owner of Steamboat Bill's Honored as a Tourism Champion by Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser


. We thank you for your support and we plan to serve you for years to come.  Start with a high profile location add an Authentic Cajun menu and a casual Riverboat atmosphere, top it off with a Crazy Crawfish as the mascot, and you've got a food' n fun, family style seafood restaurant with a Louisiana flair and a recipe for success.


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Comprehensive Training

A very important benefit of our Steamboat Bill's Franchise Package is our exceptional Restaurant Training Program. That's why Steamboat Bill's offers a comprehensive program to our franchisees. Included in the program is in-store training in valuable areas such as:

Service and Sales Activities

Sales Skills

Product Knowledge

Inventory Procedures

Administrative Duties


Grand Opening Promotional Techniques

Corporate Assistance

   To help insure the success and growth of your operation, Steamboat Bill' will provide assistance and in some cases have final approval on the following:

Research and selection of store location

Leasing arrangements

Construction plans

Accounting systems

Ongoing marketing programs