Chef Don Bergeron is taking over the former Pat’s Cajun Seafood & Steak location at 8200 Jefferson Highway with plans to move his catering and retail operations into the building.
Bergeron said the move will take place over the next few months. His catering and retail operations are at 714 Jefferson, about 2.5 miles north of the new site.
“We have outgrown our physical space and this opportunity provides us room to expand our services and still remain in the part of the city that has been so loyal to us,” Bergeron said.
The new location will give Bergeron about 4,900 square feet of space, compared with the current 3,000-square-foot space. This will allow customers to eat plate lunches at the restaurant instead of taking them to go. There will be a private room for catered events and 75 parking spaces.
“We’ll be able to expand our offerings and maybe open for Sunday brunch a day or two a month,” he said. Bergeron said the expansion will allow him to double his sales.
Bergeron has been at the Jefferson and Capital Heights location since 2004. In 2008, he opened the adjoining Mid City Market, selling fresh and frozen “take and bake” entrees, soups, gumbos, casseroles and appetizers. Over the years, the business has grown, resulting in a need for more space and parking.
About 12 people work full-time for the catering company and there are 10 part-time workers. The expanded location should lead to an increase in staffing, Bergeron said.
Pat’s closed on Sunday after it had been open for nine months. In a statement posted on the restaurant’s Facebook site, officials said they were “presented an offer that we just can’t pass up.” The restaurant was founded by Jude Huval, whose parents, Agnes and Pat Huval, opened Pat’s Fisherman’s Wharf in Henderson in 1952. A sister restaurant is also open in Lake Charles.
Bergeron said there will be no interruption in service. He may have two Jefferson Highway locations open during the busy holiday season to accommodate all orders.
There has been talk that Serop’s Express is looking to expand its Jefferson Highway location and take over the space currently occupied by Bergeron. Officials with Serop’s declined to comment Monday.
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