Three years after the Crab Trap restaurant closed due to catastrophic damage in Hurricane Isaac, Louis Lipps is bringing back his revered seafood boils, this time, across the street.
The Crab Trap Seafood Restaurant (105 Gary Road, 985-224-2000) opens Thursday, Oct. 15.
Lipps, whose casual seafood spot had garnered a following, didn’t rebuild following the storm. He is now working with husband-and-wife team Jenni and Jason Bourg, who own the new restaurant. The eatery occupies what used to be Gilligan's, a stone's throw away from the western edge of Lake Pontchartrain in Frenier.
“We had met Louie a couple of years ago, and we knew that he was looking for a place to bring back his boils. He wanted to do what he really likes to do, which is to cook,” Jenni Bourg said.
[jump] The new restaurant has an open-air, screened-in downstairs similar to that of the original spot, which resembled a casual fishing camp locale. Upstairs, the dining room includes roughly 13 tables and a balcony that overlooks the lakefront.
Lipps will work downstairs, where he’ll prepare classic seafood boils of shrimp, crawfish and crab as well as his popular barbecue shrimp and crab plates. Upstairs, Jason Bourg will serve appetizers, fried seafood platters, po-boys, salads and a few large seafood entrees.
“We have a lot of people that are really excited to see (Lipps) back in business and bringing back the boil,” Jason said. “This way, everyone gets a little bit of the old and a little bit of the new.”
The restaurant is pursuing a liquor permit and plans to serve roughly six or seven beers by the bottle.
The Crab Trap Seafood Restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.
For more information, visit the restaurant's Facebook page here.