Following the loss of its lease in 2010, Redondo Beach's 20-year-old Ragin Cajun announced plans to resurface with a food truck and two new locations. Since then, the business has been quieter than a Boudreaux in the confession booth. But today, news breaks that the restaurant is coming back to being, with a newly planned restaurant space on Pier Avenue in Hermosa.
Following his ride on The Great Food Truck Race, owner Stephen Domingue tells Daily Breeze he's taking a slightly smaller space down the street from his original, leaning on the beer-and-wine permits of its former occupant, Buona Vita Pizzeria.
With impeccable timing to hook back into today's emerging Southern food and seafood trends, Domingue says he'll shorten the menu, but retain Cajun classics like mudbugs, jambalaya, and gumbo. On the restaurant's website, he expounds that the new location will combine the ease of his food truck with his longstanding sit-down restaurant at "the first of our quickserve restaurants. Think Bayou meets Chipotle."
Looking at an opening in May, Ragin Cajun will first pop-up at Suzy's Bar and Grill on April 20, serving its Louisiana recipes alongside a live zydeco band.
Ragin Cajun, 425 Pier Ave. Hermosa Beach.