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The community remembers Chef Orlando

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A wreath outside of Brother's Restaurant on Monkhouse Drive A wreath outside of Brother's Restaurant on Monkhouse Drive
Remembering Chef Orlando Chapman at Brother's Seafood Restaurant Bossier location Remembering Chef Orlando Chapman at Brother's Seafood Restaurant Bossier location
Brother's Seafood on Monkhouse Drive Brother's Seafood on Monkhouse Drive
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

Our cameras were rolling as managers opened the Brother's Seafood Restaurant, Monkhouse Drive location.  Family members of restaurant owner, Chef Orlando Chapman requested KSLA News 12's Domonique Benn to tell their story.

Domonique said you could tell there was something missing when you first walked into the restaurant.  She was joined by Chef Orlando's pastor, Bishop L. Lawrence Brandon.  Bishop Brandon talked to Domonique about the man he called a son. 

For those who frequented the restaurant, they knew him simply as Chef Orlando.  Bishop Brandon said, when he visits the restaurant, the chef is normally always there.  He said he was known to greet people and just love on everybody.  The Bishop added the Chef Orlando Chapman had a spirit of excellence about himself.

Bishop Brandon learned of Orlando Chapman's death during a meeting he was attending on Tuesday.  Chapman had been working on his boat at Cross Lake when he fell in and never came back up.

Brother's Restaurant is a legacy that started when Orlando Chapman's father, also named Orlando was part owner of Freeman and Harris Restaurant in 1921.  He father later became part owner of Pete Harris Restaurant until it close.  Chef Orlando opened Brother's Seafood Restaurant in downtown Shreveport in 2003 before moving out of the Red River District to its current location.  He has been at the Monkhouse Drive location since 2008 and recently opened Brother's Restaurant II in Bossier at the Villaggio in August 2012.

Derrie Hunter, manages the Bossier location and said that he is going to be missed.  She said, "When he talks to you he is actually making an impact on your life and you don't even know it."  He was also known to make an impact on the lives of others who needed a second chance.  Bishop Brandon said, Chef Orlando was there for those who had been in prison or life just dealt them a hard blow.  He said the chef would give them a second chance and an opportunity.

Good Samaritan is in charge of funeral services for Orlando Chapman.  The viewing is scheduled for Friday at Praise Temple Baptist Church from 6pm-8pm.  The funeral will be Saturday.  The time and location have not been announced.

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