Leavander Johnson - Hall of Fame Boxer

Hall of Fame Boxer

 Leavander Johnson (12/24/1969 – 9/22/2005) Completed  a career record of 34-5-2 with 26 wins by way of knockout.  Johnson was born and raised in Atlantic City and trained throughout his childhood and boxing career at the Atlantic City PAL under the watchful eye of his father, who continues to instruct the youths of today.  Johnson first became champion by winning the IBO Lightweight title in 1995.  After three previous attempts failed, Johnson finally captured the vacant IBF Lightweight title on June 17, 2005 with a 7th round TKO over Stefano Zoff in Milan, Italy.  Three months later, on September 17, 2005 in Las Vegas, Johnson unsuccessfully defended his title against Jesus Chavez when the fight was stopped in the 11th round. 

Our Mission

Our mission is to share my grandma Ida’s family authentic Southern cuisine recipes with you, and exceed your dining expectations.

Authentic Southern Shrimp Grits
Chef Craig Johnson - Founder/Owner of Leavanders Restaurant

Meet Chef Craig Johnson

Chef Craig Johnson’s career spans over 30 years and has taken him around the world. He has studied & trained under TV personality & Master Chef Gustav E Mauler, one of the few American Culinary Federation Certified Master Chefs in the United States. Chef Craig’s down to earth personality and friendly demeanor helps make our guests feel right at home. His first cooking inspiration came from his grandmother (Ida), where at the age of 9 he would help her in the kitchen, as she taught him what it meant to “cook with love” and about “food from the soul” and how to express your love through food. Every Sunday at Grandmother Ida’s house, there was always a lot of love, and a whole lot of food.  Surrounded by aunts, uncles, cousins, brothers and sisters, the fried chicken, mac and cheese, and collard greens were all her specialties and are the dishes that Craig loved the most.


We are committed to: Creating “Guest for Life” that are loyal to Leavander’s 22 Southern Cuisine brand. Providing a positive, safe, and supportive work environment in which hospitality-minded employees are developed, trained, and rewarded. Continuous improvement, company growth, and fostering lasting relationships with vendors, business associates, and communities where we do business.

Leavanders Restaurant Staff
Good Food Service At The Jersey Shore

A Place to Celebrate

A place to celebrate life’s special moments by offering the best food and service at the Jersey shore…….1 Love

The Future

We’re just getting started! Learn more about the next chapter as we merge Leavander’s 22 Express culinary brand, that shares the same passion for creating bold and craveable meals with exceptional guest experiences. Our commitment to quality and to you, our guest, will always be number one. We’re incredibly thankful for all of your love and support…….. 1 Love

Leavanders 22 Southern Cuisine


123 S Indiana Ave
Atlantic City, NJ 08401

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