The Lost Cajun, a family-friendly restaurant with a focus on authentic Cajun food served with Southern hospitality, is set to further expand its Texas footprint. Opening in the summer of 2020 in the greater Houston area, the new restaurant is the 10th location in the state.

The restaurant, known for its authentic cuisine and hospitality, will be owned and operated by area native Andrew Gates. While the lease for Gates’ restaurant has yet to be signed, he is eyeing the Clear Lake and Webster communities for The Lost Cajun.

“I couldn’t be more excited to be part of The Lost Cajun family,” Gates says. “I’ve always loved cooking and entertaining and part of my family history comes from Louisiana, so it is the perfect brand for me, and I know the community will embrace it whole-heartedly.”

Gates first came across The Lost Cajun through a friend visiting another location. After doing more research, he soon realized The Lost Cajun was the perfect combination of his family history and love of cooking and entertaining. He had also been involved with other franchises at a management level and was looking forward to taking the step to ownership.

“My family and I drove almost an hour and a half to visit the Humble location,” adds Gates. “Once I had tasted the food, experienced the atmosphere of courtesy and respect, saw the “down home” décor and the wonderful zydeco music, I knew I had found my calling.” 

The Lost Cajun’s menu offers diners a sampling of traditional Cajun fare, including two gumbos: seafood and chicken and sausage. 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.

“You can find ‘Lost Cajuns’ everywhere, and we always find each other,” says Raymond Griffin, Founder and CEO of The Lost Cajun. “This is why we couldn’t be more thrilled to have Andrew join The Lost Cajun family. He exemplifies what we look for in our franchise partners: a passion for Southern hospitality and service and a love of Cajun food and culture. We’re excited to see his location thrive in his community.”

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