Behind the Scenes: George Toomer

At Razzoo’s Cajun Café, we’re pretty proud of our one-of-a-kind menus – they’re quirky, fun, satirical, and always good for a laugh or two.  They capture the essence of Razzoo’s to a T!

 

But have you ever looked at our menu art and wondered who created it?

 

We’ve been asked this question quite a bit over the years, so let us shed some light on the man behind the artwork: George Toomer.

 

 

The Renaissance Man

 

George Toomer – or “Buffalo George” as many called him – was a Dallas icon and commercial artist, designing much of the artwork at Razzoo’s, along with plenty of work for other brands over the years. In fact, he won over 200 advertising awards in his lengthy career.  But, George was not your run-of-the-mill adman (all due respect to run-of-the-mill admen...). Every aspect of his life and work was outside of the box. He used his life experiences in Dallas to become an internationally known writer, designer, TV personality, and social critic on just about anything.

 

A self proclaimed “minor celebrity of the 1970s and 80s,” he made appearances on the CBS Morning News, Today show, Real People, and 20/20 – even had his own show in Baltimore. He also posed as a Dallas restaurant critic and social aficionado on WFAA’s PM Magazine. Oh - and he wrote columns and articles for the Dallas Morning News, People Magazine, Texas Monthly, and more. He did it all, adding his own satirical slant to everything.

 

George’s Thoughts on the Restaurant Business

 

If you haven’t figured it out yet, George had an opinion on everything. He once told us that if you owned one restaurant, you were dabbling in the business. If you owned two, you’d clearly gotten lucky enough to get something right. Three or more?  You’d sold your soul to become a heartless, corporate hack.

 

The End of an Era

 

Toomer passed away in 2009, but his legacy lives on in the artwork and brand imagery he did for Razzoo’s Cajun Café and plenty of other great brands. So the next time you visit, spend a little extra time with the art on the menu. If we get one chuckle out of you, George would consider that a befitting memorial.

Artwork by George Toomer - Photo Credit

Artwork by George Toomer - Photo Credit