About Okeechobee Steakhouse Catering
One of the oldest photos of our catering staff, this was taken in 1959 at an event catering for the West Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce. Ralph Lewis is center wearing the chef’s hat.
1953 The Drive in Restaurant
For the first 20 years, you could pull up and honk your horn to order and everything from cocktails to steak dinners and dessert would be curb-hopped to your car. Servers hung a steel tray to the driver’s window and hence the name Okeechobee Drive-In Restaurant.
A 70 Year Legacy
TODAY Going Strong
Photo (left to right) Ralph Lewis, 3rd generation proprietor and grandson of original founder; celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse; and Curtis Lewis, 2nd generation proprietor during filming for the Cooking Channel and Food Network TV Show Emeril’s Florida. Today, the steakhouse is in its 70th year. Same location, same building, same family. Officially, Florida’s oldest steakhouse.
1957 Lucky Numbers
In the 1950s, Ralph Lewis would walk around the parking lot as his guests were feasting on the amazing charcoal grilled steaks and copy down the license tag numbers from customers’ cars. Then each week he’d post tag numbers in the newspaper and a Lucky Guest would WIN a FREE dinner. Decades later, the free dinner tradition continues with the Okeechobee Steakhouse FREE Birthday Dinner. More than 4,000 guests each year take us up on the offer.
1947 Grand Opening
The Okeechobee Steakhouse legend began on Oct. 29th 1947, when Ralph & Norma Lewis started serving steaks cooked over an open charcoal pit. At the time, the restaurant was located so far out in the boondocks that vendors and suppliers would not deliver to such a remote area.