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Brother's Seafood back open after Chef Chapman's death

It's the first day employees at Brother’s Seafood have served a plate since the death of the owner, Chef Orlando Chapman.

It's the first day employees at Brother’s Seafood have served a plate since the death of the owner, Chef Orlando Chapman.

"Most of us, it's been a lot of, 'remember when?’ 'hey, I can hear 'Lando coming now,' and that's what's on our mind,” says Manager Korey Rhodes.

"Chef," as his restaurant family calls him, died on Tuesday after having a heart attack out on Cross Lake.

Manager Korey Rhodes says they're still shaken by the tragedy.

"Lando was just more than an owner to a lot of us,” says Rhodes. “To a lot of us, he was a brother, a father, a cousin, a friend,  somebody you can always go to despite the job, I mean with your personal life, so that's going to be the hardest area to replace him in more than anything."

On Thursday, employees wore ribbons in remembrance of him.

"The yellow and black, I think those his favorite colors, and we just do it to carry him with us throughout the day," says Rhodes.

The restaurant will remain open so customers can continue to enjoy "Chef's" one of a kind food.

"Well, it's prepared differently,” says customer Hampton Beamer. “It tastes different, you know? And I like the taste.”

"It's great!” says customer Arthur Edwards. “I've been coming here every since it opened. It's different."

Edwards grew up knowing Chapman.

"He was a kind-hearted person, he was a caring person,” says Edwards. “He really was."
 
Now his kindness and skills will live on through those who continue his culinary legacy.

"I'm going to try and carry his legacy on as far as I can and do whatever I know going to make him smile, because I know he looking down and watching us,” says Rhodes.

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