Cajun Steamer coming to Longview

Published on Sunday, 2 February 2014 20:06 - Written by CASEY MURPHY


Cajun Steamer Bar & Grill is planning to open its first franchise in Longview.

 The restaurant will open this spring at 3084 N. Eastman Road, which formerly housed Fish City Grill. It marks the Louisiana-style chain’s first restaurant in Texas, as well as its first franchised location, according to a statement.  

The restaurant is known for its wide array of Cajun classics and original creations, prepared in authentic, made-from-scratch fashion, representatives said. The menu features gumbo, jambalaya, boudin and etouffee, as well as oysters, crawfish and Po-boys, with homemade beignets for dessert.  

The first Cajun Steamer opened 10 years ago in Birmingham, Ala. Original co-founder Jeff Thompson continues as the director of operations and cuisine for the concept that began with him selling crawfish from his truck. A mutual friend once associated with Prejean’s in Lafayette, La., helped develop the menu.

“That seems like a lifetime ago, but the same love and commitment to the food still exists in all of our restaurants today,” Thompson said.  

A second Birmingham location followed shortly thereafter, and the restaurant moved into the Nashville, Tenn., market in 2009.  In 2010, the chain was purchased by local Longview businessmen who are embarking on a proactive expansion plan across the Southern United States, moving into targeted markets that appreciate authentic Cajun dining, representatives said. They believe Longview fits the bill.

Longview native John Williams will own and operate the local restaurant. He is a 30-year veteran of the restaurant industry, most recently with McAlister’s Deli.

“I’m very excited to be introducing Cajun Steamer to Longview,” Williams said. “I know the local restaurant landscape, and I have no doubt this town will love our food, our atmosphere and our genuine Cajun hospitality.”

Remodeling of the restaurant is expected to be completed in April.  Cajun Steamer will serve lunch and dinner, offer a full bar and catering services. A fifth location is slated to open in Huntsville, Ala., this summer.

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