Those looking for Louisiana-style cuisine on Coursey Boulevard now have another option.
Willie’s Restaurant and Bar is now serving dinner in its new location at 11260 Coursey Blvd. Current business hours are 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 5 p.m.-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
The restaurant will expand its hours and serve lunch, starting next Monday. Regular hours will be 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, starting next week.
DeRidder natives Willie Chapman and his wife, Katie, and sister, Emily Hazelwood, opened the restaurant six years ago on Cloverland Avenue, which closed earlier this year.
“When we started, Willie was 23 and I was 22,” Hazelwood said. “Now, he’s 29, and I’m 28. We just kept growing and saw a better opportunity. We like to say the new location is a more grown-up version of our old restaurant.”
Hazelwood added that the new location is about triple the size.
Willie’s features Louisiana-style cooking using local ingredients. Hazelwood, who is a co-owner and cook at the restaurant, says she strives to make everything in house. The menu features seafood entrees like the Redfish Ryn, topped with lump crabmeat and au gratin sauce, as well as daily specials, burgers, sandwiches and po-boys.
Other additions to the new restaurant include the cooking staff smoking its own meats and an expanded drink menu and bar atmosphere. Hazelwood said the restaurant could book live bands in the future. However, she said regulars will feel right at home.
“So far, our old customers have followed us, and we have been welcomed to the area,” she said. “We found a niche at the old location, and we’re sticking with it.”