Theorigins of LANIIThe LANII restaurant is an addition to the Ragusa restaurant chain. The first restaurant named Ragusa was opened in New York in 1975 offering Dubrovnik and Dalmatian cuisine. Croatians in America as well as American guests, whose number increased with each day, were given the opportunity to enjoy Dubrovnik tradition and cuisine. It was a great gastronomic and business move, followed by a decision to open the Ragusa 2 restaurant the following year, 1976.
The restaurant was then far away from Prijeko Street. It had all the prerequisites for a serious business, thus Mr. Rudenjak realized that it would be perfect to have tables in Prijeko Street. Now the problem was not the law but the locals who lived in that area. It started with a few tables, and later on, he placed some more due to demand. The fight over the tables started as the locals did not accept that very well, while the visitors enjoyed both the food and the ambience.
Today, when Prijeko hosts numerous restaurants, the LANII restaurant opens in place of Ragusa 2. It nourishes the same values as Ragusa, but now bears the name that unites the family – mother Lucija (daughter of Ivo Rudenjak), Alen, Andrea, Noel, Ivana and Ivo!