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George Toomer: The Artist Behind the Menu

Ever see the Razzoo’s artwork on an ad and think, “yep – that’s Razzoo’s” before you ever see the restaurant name?

 

Our artwork – in advertising, on our menu, and around the restaurant - is fun, eclectic, and unique, and we owe that style to the great George Toomer.

 

Buffalo George – The Artist

 

George, or “Buffalo George,” as many called him (no one seems to know why), had a unique style, iconic style of art that he lent to many brands during his career, and we were honored to be one of them. In fact, he received over 200 advertising awards during his career, awarded for designing commercial artwork, logos, and icons. His style was truly one-of-a-kind, light-hearted and quirky, just like the man himself.

 

Jack of All Trades

 

But good ‘ol George, he was more than just an artist. He was a full-fledged jack of all trades. In the 1970s and 1980s, he considered himself a “minor Dallas celebrity,” making a name for himself as a designer, TV personality, writer, and social critic with a comment about just about anything.

 

During that time period, George was making a name for himself in Dallas and beyond. He wrote for the Dallas Morning News and Texas Monthly, as well as People Magazine, putting his signature satirical spin on just about everything he penned. He gave his own restaurant critiques in WFAA’s PM Magazine. He also appeared in his own TV show in Baltimore, as well as making guest appearances on the Today Show, 20/20, the CBS Morning News, and Real People. Basically – Buffalo George had opinions on everything and he was willing to share with just about anyone who would listen.

 

One of Our Own

 

George Toomer passed in 2009, but his legacy at Razzoo’s Cajun Café lives on. We love George’s quirky style and how it’s defined so much of our business at Razzoo’s. He just “got us” and our mission, to bring great Cajun food to great people, and he did it a way that was lighthearted and down-to-earth. We don’t take ourselves too seriously and neither did George.

 

The next time you’re at Razzoo’s and chuckle at the menu art, raise a glass to good ‘ol Buffalo George. It’s what he’d want ya to do.

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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