Longtime Lakeview cajun-themed restaurant and bar Blue Bayou is undergoing a complete renovation, everything from food and drink menus to decor and management is being overhauled in attempts to reverse lagging business. The spot has been in the Southport corridor for over a decade, slinging outdated cocktails and "Purple Haze Chicken Wings" north of Addison. The restaurant is currently like a Northerner's snow-weary take on Bourbon Street, a style perfected by Jimmy Bannos.
The overhaul will add classic New Orleans-style dishes to the menu like shrimp po' boy, chicken-fried steak, and crawfish etouffee. French Quarter-inspired cocktails such as Ramos Gin Fizz, a "Pimms" Cup (the "Pimms" will be made in house), a Sazerac and, of course, a Hurricane, will make their way into a new beverage program. A grand re-opening event will celebrate the transformation after construction, which includes a whole new buildout.
The project is helmed by KG Consulting, and the development team (culinary team, beverage specialist, training expert, design firm) worked on the new Pump Room, Perennial Virant and J. Parker, Per Se, and Primehouse. Blue Bayou remains open during renovations, which should conclude in the middle of March.
· Blue Bayou [Official Site]