The Lost Cajun – a restaurant focused on authentic Cajun food and hospitality – is adding a Keller location in addition to the one already open in Mansfield.
The Keller restaurant – located at 721 Keller Parkway – opened Dec. 10 and is owned and operated by Jason “Jay” and Janice Smith, who discovered the brand while visiting family in Midland.
Founded in 2010 and franchising since 2013, The Lost Cajun has 24 restaurants in five states, with several others in various stages of development.
“We are thrilled to bring The Lost Cajun’s culture to Keller,” Jay said in a news release. “We will offer an exceptional dining experience that is not just another sandwich shop, pizza parlor or burger joint.”
The Smiths are originally from South Louisiana and moved to the Metroplex shortly after Hurricane Katrina. Jay has spent more than 15 years as a safety engineer while Janice currently works in the engraving and promotional products industry.
The Lost Cajun’s menu offers diners a sampling of traditional Cajun fare.
“As we continue to expand our presence throughout Texas, it’s critical to find the right franchise partners who are ready to promote our Cajun culture,” said Raymond Griffin, founder and CEO of The Lost Cajun. “This is why we couldn’t be more excited about welcoming Jay and Janice to The Lost Cajun team.”
The Lost Cajun expects to develop five or six restaurants throughout the Northern Fort Worth suburbs over the next few years, the news release said.
Griffin is from Barataria, Louisiana, just south of New Orleans, where he operated a fishing lodge for 15 years, he says on the company website. Following Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Gustav, and the big oil spill, Griff and his late wife, Belinda, moved to the mountains of Colorado.
They opened the original Lost Cajun in October 2010 in Frisco, Colorado. The corporate headquarters moved to New Orleans in 2018.
– FWBP Staff