A deal to bring a popular New Orleans eatery to Lafayette, has been finalized, according to realtor Mark Van Eaton with Beau Box Commercial Real Estate.

Eaton said Dat Dog closed on a building in downtown Lafayette at 201 Jefferson Street, across the street from Rêve Coffee Roasters.

The Lafayette location will be around 15,000 square feet.

“They will completely gut out the building starting on Monday,” Eaton said.

Eaton added that the restaurant will feature patio dining as well as a wraparound mezzanine area with a live music venue towards the back of the building.

Demo work will begin next week. The restaurant could open in the summer. However, specifics on the opening are not set in stone.

Dat Dog has three New Orleans locations — on Freret, Magazine and Frenchman streets. The restaurants are known for their takes on the hot dog, including options like the veggie, duck sausage and crawfish sausage dogs as well as fries.

Eaton said the new restaurant is part of a larger revitalization of that part of downtown Lafayette. He hinted at more New Orleans businesses coming to Lafayette.

“We are working with another couple of restaurants and bars from New Orleans, some well-known businesses are looking to come into this area,” Eaton said. “We want to have a New Orleans vibe in downtown Lafayette. We want that part of downtown to be more of a destination.”

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