In 1984 Larry and Jeanette Rogers made the move of their dreams. They loved the Ozark Mountains and vacationed here often. While they owned their own restaurant in Lafayette Louisiana; their hearts belonged to Missouri. With each other, they took a leap of faith. They sold their business and home; loaded up their 3 children and 3 German Shepards and were Branson bound. Starvin’ Marvin’s was originally in a log cabin 1 ½ miles west of Silver Dollar City. Their children Amy, Kellie and Duane all worked in the cabin and were taught hospitality and good work ethic. As Branson began to boom Starvin’ Marvin’s moved to the “strip”. Locals came from miles around to enjoy the quality of their homemade food. Cashew and Sweet & Sour Chicken, hand battered onion rings, Smoked BBQ Ribs and saddle blanket sized Pork Tenderloins were just a few of the favorites. In 1994, a decade later, Larry and Jeanette deciced to bring some of their own heritage and cajun cooking into Marvin’s. Known for their “seafood with a cajun attitude” the addition was a success. Customer’s come year after year for the All you Eat Crablegs and seafood buffet. As the business grew, so did the family. After all these years, Amy and Kellie still work along side their dad. Duane followed in his father’s footsteps and now owns 3 Pizza Worlds. 3 of the grandchildren also work at Starvin Marvin’s and the sounds of footsteps can be heard through out the dining rooms of their great grandchildren. Larry and Jeanette, along with their children would like to thank the locals and tourist alike for making Starvin Marvin’s what it is today. Getting ready to begin their 31st season; Marvin’s is the longest independently owned restaurant in Branson.
While their cajun flare has been a success, the local favorites are still on the menu. Larry, Jeanette and their family look forward to serving locals and tourist alike for generations to come.