The Lost Cajun, a family-friendly restaurant focused on authentic Cajun food and hospitality, will soon be the newest addition to Amarillo’s growing food scene.
The new restaurant, which will be located in Wolflin Square at 2401 Interstate 40 W., is slated to open January 29 and will offer traditional Cajun food, including gumbo, jambalaya, red beans and rice, and catfish etouffee, among other culinary treasures of Louisiana.
“We’re ecstatic about bringing some down home flavor and warm, Cajun hospitality to Amarillo,” says Mike Fogiel, who will own and operate the new restaurant. “We will offer a unique dining option that is not just another sandwich shop, pizza parlor or burger joint. It's food that you can taste—not too spicy and full of flavors that you have yet to experience.”
Armed with nearly 30 years of experience, Fogiel is no stranger to the restaurant industry. Since 1978, his family has owned and operated Hoffbrau Steaks, which currently has locations in Amarillo, Fort Worth, Granbury and Haltom City. Fogiel has served as a Partner since 1989. He has also served as the Managing Owner of Ye Olde Pancake Station in Amarillo since 2015.
“As we continue to expand our presence throughout Texas and other parts of the country, its crucial to find the right franchise partners who are deeply passionate about the brand and are excited to promote Cajun culture,” says Raymond Griffin, founder and CEO of The Lost Cajun. “This is why we couldn’t be any more excited about this partnership. Mike is a hardworking individual who shares the same values as we do and will be instrumental in further establishing the brand in Texas.”
The Lost Cajun’s menu offers diners a sampling of traditional Cajun fare, including a variety of gumbos—seafood, chicken and sausage, and vegetarian. Red beans and rice, crawfish etouffee and lobster bisque also top the menu, as does another Cajun staple, jambalaya. And what Cajun restaurant would be complete without beignets for dessert?
The Lost Cajun further distinguishes itself with a fantastic down-home atmosphere—a true hole-in-the-wall with wooden tables, unique decorations and an expertly crafted playlist of Zydeco music. The open kitchen concept harks back to the wooden counters in Louisiana’s gumbo houses; patrons can watch their food being cooked and hear the courtesy and respect commonly associated with Cajun culture.
Founded in 2010 and franchising since 2013, The Lost Cajun is a family-friendly restaurant concept with a focus on authentic Cajun food and hospitality. Today, there are 12 restaurants open and operating in four states, with several others in various stages of development.
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