The Lost Cajun, a family-friendly restaurant focused on authentic Cajun food and hospitality, is furthering its growing East Coast footprint with a new restaurant, set to open in Burlington, North Carolina, in June.
Located at 105 Huffman Mill Rd., the restaurant will be owned and operated by veteran franchisees Peter and Bliss Turner. The husband-and-wife team was introduced to The Lost Cajun by fellow North Carolina franchisee Steve Galloway.
“We couldn’t be more excited about becoming a part of The Lost Cajun family,” Peter says. “It is a unique concept that brings access to authentic Cajun food to a larger audience. It is a great opportunity to be a part of an emerging brand and be a part of a concept we truly believe in.”
After graduating from the Naval Academy in 1987, Peter served as an active Navy pilot for 20 years. Throughout his service, Peter flew over 3,400 hours in seven different naval aircraft and traveled to 68 countries. After Peter retired from the Navy, the couple became leading Dunkin’ franchisees. Later, Peter was elected into the National Franchisee Advisory Council.
“We have seen incredible success throughout our franchising journey,” adds Bliss. “After being introduced to The Lost Cajun by Steve, we spoke to the CEO Raymond Griffin, and it was clear that it was a brand we wanted to be a part of. It is a brand with a strong concept and it is expanding so quickly, we are excited to be the ones bringing it to our community in Burlington.”
The Lost Cajun’s menu offers diners a sampling of traditional Cajun fare, including a variety of gumbos – seafood, chicken, sausage, as well as vegetarian. Red beans and rice, fried seafood, 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.
“As we continue our rapid expansion nationally, it’s critical to find the right franchise partners who are ready to promote our Cajun culture,” says Raymond Griffin, founder and CEO of The Lost Cajun. “This is why we couldn’t be more excited about welcoming Peter and Bliss to The Lost Cajun team. We are incredibly pleased with the following and recognition we’ve garnered so far from our loyal fans throughout six states and can’t wait to reach the same level of acclaim in Burlington.”
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