A po' boy (also po-boy, po boy, or poor boy) is a traditional submarine sandwich from Louisiana. Since its origins in the 1800s, the po-boy is one of New Orleans' favorite bites to eat. Despite their long history, many of New Orleans' famous po-boy shops have begun to disappear. Mahony’s Po-Boy Shop is a tribute/throw-back to the old neighborhood restaurants of New Orleans. It was founded not only to bring the po-boy back into fashion but to improve it. Head Chef Ben Wicks combines fresh local ingredients and his own family recipes to create new and classic versions of New Orleans' favorite sandwich.
Head Chef and co-owner Benjamin Wicks is the culinary genius behind Mahony's Po-Boy Shop. Born and raised in New Orleans, Chef Ben grew up during a time when there was a neighborhood po-boy shop on practically every corner. Inspired by delicious New Orleans cuisine, Chef Ben cooked in some of the best restaurants in town. Soon after Hurricane Katrina, Chef Ben became frustrated with the declining number of neighborhood restaurants and quality po-boys. He and his business partner, Art Murray, decided that it was time to pay tribute to the old school po-boy shop and opened one of their own. Chef Ben then used his culinary expertise and creativity to perfect the po-boy.
New Orleans native and co-owner Art Murray (aka “Mahony”) knew chef Ben for years before they decided to go into business together. Loving both New Orleans traditions and Chef Ben’s delicious food, he jumped at the chance to open a neighborhood restaurant and return the po-boy to its former greatness. Art lives nearby in the Garden District of New Orleans and visits the restaurant frequently with guests and family.
Maw Maw came to the U.S. from Gifu Prefecture, Japan in 1950. Maw Maw is Mahony's own personal cheerleader and mascot (she's actually Chef Ben's Grandmother). Filled with cheer, Maw Maw delights everyone's hearts every day, delivering Po-Boys from the kitchen to the tables. Most people won't admit it, but they secretly come to Mahony's just to see Maw Maw bounce out of the kitchen carrying a dozen Po-Boys on her tray.