The Lost Cajun, a family-friendly restaurant focused on authentic Cajun food and hospitality, has announced the opening of two new locations in North Carolina. Founded by Louisiana-native Raymond “Griff” Griffin, the restaurant that focuses on providing a down-home atmosphere and southern hospitality you can feel is coming to Raleigh this fall. 

The new restaurants—located at 10901 Forest Pines Drive and 7901 Falls of Neuse Road—will be owned and operated by Rob Dyer, a veteran restaurant franchisee who discovered the brand a few years ago through a close friend. The restaurants are slated to open the first week in December and late February, respectively.

“I am thrilled to bring The Lost Cajun’s culture to Raleigh,” says Dyer. “We will offer a remarkable, first-class dining experience that is not just another sandwich shop, pizza parlor or burger joint. The authentic taste and smell of the food is what stood out to me, but the outstanding customer service interactions amongst guests and employees sealed the deal. I am honored to be the first to introduce The Lost Cajun’s great food and unique atmosphere to North Carolina and look forward to offering this unique dining option to the Raleigh community.”

Dyer is no stranger to franchising or entrepreneurship. With more than 15 years’ experience developing and operating restaurants, Dyer has served as an owner and operator of two Chick-Fil-A locations. Prior to operating his first Chick-Fil-A, Dyer owned an Italian ice company which had a concessionaire stand in one of the Red Sox minor league stadiums. 

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, 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 to expand our presence 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 Rob to The Lost Cajun team. We are incredibly pleased with the following and recognition we’ve garnered so far from our loyal fans and can’t wait to reach the same level of acclaim in North Carolina.”

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 21 restaurants open and operating in four states, with several others in various stages of development.

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