West End Park
There was a spate of new restaurant construction along the west side of West End Park in the mid-1970s. The Bounty was the longest-lived of those. With partners, John Fury created and managed the Bounty in its first decade years. Fury was a longtime operator of neighborhood-style New Orleans restaurants. The menu he assembled at The Bounty included all the fried and broiled fish you could get everywhere in West End. But it went on to include a few Italian dishes of surprising goodness, excellent fried chicken, barbecue shrimp, and a full line of steaks.
The Bounty was a little fancier than most of its competitors in West End Park. No boiled seafood and all the mess that entails. It was the first restaurant at West End Park to pass the $10 barrier for a seafood platter, in 1982. It attracted a reasonably loyal clientele. But West End regulars who wanted a little variety probably thought the place overpriced–at least at first. His style of frying, with a light coating of seasoned flour, may have struck some people as too urbane.
The Bounty’s food wound up outliving the restaurant. John Fury left the Bounty to open Fury’s in Metairie in 1983. He and his family are still cooking most of what he did at The Bounty, including stuffed whole flounders.