Piccadilly Restaurants

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Piccadilly Restaurants
Industry Restaurants
Founded 1944 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Headquarters Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S.
Key people
Azam Malik, CEO
Products Comfort Food, cafeterias, institutional food service management, catering
Website http://www.piccadilly.com

Piccadilly Holdings, LLC. were a chain of restaurants and cafeterias that operated in 7 states, mostly in the southern regions of the United States with the majority of their units being found around the Gulf Coast states. Piccadilly was first opened in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 1944.[1] The company offers retail food and drinks and provides catering services.[2]

Piccadilly also operates Piccadilly Food Service and Piccadilly Emergency Services, which provides meal solutions and emergency feedings, respectively.[citation needed]


Piccadilly first opened its doors in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 1944.

Piccadilly Restaurants was founded during World War II, by Tandy Hannibal Hamilton, who had already been in the cafeteria business for 21 years when he traveled to Louisiana to consider purchasing the small Piccadilly Cafeteria located on Third Street in downtown Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Hamilton bought the existing cafeteria for $65,000 and closed the sale on February 1, 1944. Hamilton began building the business immediately, despite the wartime difficulties imposed by food rationing and equipment shortages. He contacted several friends and associates, some still in the service, encouraging them to join the operation. He also opened a small cafe just across Third Street from the Piccadilly, naming it Tandy's Eat Shop. He opened the cafe to provide temporary employment for those he was hiring as future chefs and managers as his Piccadilly chain expanded, and the establishment was sold off soon after the chain's expansion got under way.

Tandy Hamilton insisted on consistency throughout the burgeoning chain of cafeterias. He personally developed and field-tested most of the recipes used in each of the Piccadilly locales, but he also encouraged chain managers to submit their own recipes for his approval. Any such approved recipe would then be used at each establishment. Hamilton was also a great proponent of efficiency, partly because he was determined to keep his prices fair, the quality of the food high, and the portions generous.[citation needed]To that end, he and his staff worked out a precise system of purchasing and kitchen control designed to avoid food waste and other unnecessary expenses. During the 1950s, expansion boomed for Piccadilly’s cafeterias. Piccadilly now stands at 41 restaurants and over 80 food service accounts across the Southeast US.

The company expanded in 1998 when it took over one of its major competitors, Morrison's Cafeterias.[3]

In the 2000s Piccadilly expanded into the food service and disaster relief sectors.[citation needed]

In 2003, the company was purchased by the Yucaipa Companies and Diversified Investment Management Group.[4] Piccadilly filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 2012.[4]