Whatever happened to David Snell?
By JENNIFER CHAMBERLAIN / The Dallas Morning News
Friday, November 5, 2004
If there's one thing David Snell has learned during six years in the crawfish
business, it's this: Texans can't get enough crawfish.
David Snell “It's just amazing how many people here really like crawfish; it's
like there's some nostalgia about it or something,” he said.
That yearning for the savory mudbugs has propelled Mr. Snell's Cajun
Crawfish Co. from a seasonal side business to a full-time job for the Dallas
entrepreneur. In February 2003, Mr. Snell left his job as an information technology recruiter to
concentrate on his catering business, which specializes in providing on-site crawfish boils to corporate
and individual clients.
The growth has been phenomenal, Mr. Snell said, going from about $44,000 in sales two years ago, to
more than $170,000 for the first six months of this year.
Mr. Snell's company also rents and sells crawfish boil equipment and sells live crawfish, drawing
customers from as far as the Bahamas.
Additionally, the bankruptcy of a competitor, Bayou Boys of Lewisville, opened the door to another
“I paid off all their phone bills before they went into bankruptcy and had their number forwarded to me,
and that led to an entirely new business in the fall, being the Cajun fried turkey and turducken business,”
Mr. Snell said, turducken referring to the popular delicacy consisting of a turkey stuffed with a duck
stuffed, in turn, with a chicken.
Despite the expansion, Mr. Snell said, he's been able to keep his costs low through partnerships with other
businesses. In exchange for freezer space, he caters charitable events for local grocery stores. He also
formed a partnership with the Grapevine restaurant Big Fish, which has allowed him to expand his menu
beyond what can be cooked on a crawfish trailer.
As if all that weren't enough, Mr. Snell maintains a separate business, Starlight Flight, which provides
aerial tours. That venture keeps the aviation graduate fl