He said he also wanted to teach the history of Cajun to people in the area because he said he believes continuing Cajun history is important.
The location in Tomball was perfect for what he wanted, Landry said.
“It just felt right; the design of the building was almost just like my rendering with the architect that I had drawn up. ... This town, this location just felt right,” he said.
Landry said he and his friends completely renovated the inside, though it took them six months longer than anticipated.
Since its opening, Landry said he has brought in two partners, cut 15 items from the menu and decreased the number of employees as he said he realized that something needed to change if the restaurant was going to remain open. Now, Landry said he has a goal of opening three franchise locations by the end of this year.
“We realized quickly we had to narrow the menu down to a simpler menu,” Landry said.
He said he then took off items that were expensive to acquire, such as alligator.
The restaurant is steeped in family as Landry said the inside is modeled after his grandma’s grocery store and meat market in Southern Louisiana. A gift shop that will open in late 2022 is called T-Lou’s Gift Shop; Lou is his mother’s nickname.
“There’s an art to Cajun food. ... We call it the thousand intricacies of Cajun cooking. ... [We] can’t just have a recipe and throw it all in there and it’s done. ... Generations of my family will tell you even how to stir the pot,” Landry said. “[You] can’t write it in a recipe; there are certain processes. That’s one of our challenges is to teach the cooks all those intricacies of the art of Cajun cooking.”
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