Cajun Pizza Place, Northwest Austin’s slice of Louisiana, closes its doors

Samantha Dartez, whose father owns Cajun Pizza Place, served part-time at the restaurant and brought her daughter, Zoey Silva.

Samantha Dartez, whose father owns Cajun Pizza Place, served part-time at the restaurant and brought her daughter, Zoey Silva.

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A cajun restaurant in Northwest Austin frequented by Louisiana natives shut its doors for the last time Jan. 29.

Cajun Pizza Place closed following co-owner, Keith “Flash” Dartez’s decision to retire, according to the restaurant’s Facebook page.

Dartez ran a pizza shop in Lafayette, Louisiana for 38 years before moving to Austin and opening Cajun Pizza Place in 2009. The restaurant relocated from McNeil Drive to 6001 W. Parmer Lane, Ste. 440, in 2015.

Known for its Louisiana-inspired pizzas as well as gumbo, crawfish etouffee, boudin balls and other Cajun dishes, the restaurant welcomed regulars and newcomers alike, Dartez’s daughter Samantha told Community Impact Newspaper in April 2018.

“It’s like coming home for a lot of people,” she said. “They see familiar faces.”

www.cajunpizzaplace.com
By Emma Whalen
Emma is Community Impact Newspaper's Houston City Hall reporter. Previously, she covered public health, education and features for several Austin-area publications. A Boston native, she is a former student athlete and alumna of The University of Texas at Austin.