Drago’s Seafood Restaurant, the New Orleans eatery best known for its charbroiled oysters, has delayed plans to open a Lafayette restaurant by the end of the year because a location fell through. The restaurant, meanwhile, is continuing its search for a Baton Rouge location.

Officials with Drago’s are eyeing other restaurant sites in Lafayette after plans to move into the La Marquise building at Kaliste Saloom Road and Camellia Boulevard fell through.

Tommy Cvitanovich, who owns Drago’s, said he is still committed to opening a Lafayette restaurant. “While it is frustrating that we will be delayed, we are aggressively exploring alternative locations suitable to bringing Drago’s Seafood Restaurant to Lafayette,” he said.

Cvitanovich had hoped to close on a deal to buy the La Marquise building by June 15, which would have allowed Drago’s to open a restaurant before Thanksgiving.

Ron St. Pierre, a spokesman for Drago’s, said there’s also a search going on to find a location for a Baton Rouge restaurant. There had been some talk earlier in the year about including Drago’s as part of a mixed-use development that would be built off Highland Road in front of the Country Club of Louisiana. But no deal has been reached.

Drago’s was opened in 1969 by Drago and Klara Cvitanovich. The restaurant has three locations: the original location on North Arnoult Road in Metairie, in the Hilton New Orleans and in a Hilton in Jackson, Mississippi.

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