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The Cheezy Cajun & Unnamed New Cocktail Lounge Planned For St. Claude

Plus, new concept Creole House builds out former Arby's on Canal.

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Sounds like St. Claude Avenue, street of dreams, is expanding with more dining and drinking options in the near future. First up, a new Cajun spot focusing on sandwiches, cheese, boudin, cracklins, microbrews and more is heading to 3325 St. Claude from longtime Bywater residents Michael Ducote and Doug Minich, who also run the Quarter pizzeria Mona Lisa.

The Cheezy Cajun will bring eat-in specialties and frozen/refrigerated take-home items like stuffed chickens and stuffed pepper to a former hardware store (currently with dumpsters out front). There will also be wine and beer. Owner Michael Ducote tells Eater that they are currently in the midst of a build out (thus the dumpsters) and are hoping to potentially open as early as October, but no other details were given.

Also potentially heading to St. Claude is a new cocktail lounge, to be located directly across the street from burger and beer hub Junction:

Sweet Olive Properties, LLC, owner of 3014-3032 St. Claude Avenue -- the TruckFarm where Chaz Fest is held -- is planning to convert the building at 3014 St. Claude Avenue for use as a cocktail lounge.

The owners have been meeting with neighbors to discuss plans as is required by law before seeking a conditional use permit to operate a bar. The next meeting is this evening, September 21.

Meanwhile in the Quarter, NoDef reports that a new concept called Creole House will be opening in a recently-shuttered Arby's at 509 Canal.  It will be a "casual dining restaurant specializing in local food" with "accessible" prices.

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