Lost Cajun restaurant plans grand opening
Construction is cooking along at Joe and Theresa Peplinski's Lost Cajun eatery and the new Rochester restaurateurs have set a target date for their grand opening.
The Peplinskis are optimistic that their new Southern food place should be ready for a grand opening on June 28.
"It might be tight. There's still a lot of construction to do, but we think June 28 will work," says Joe Peplinski.
They are in the midst of transforming a 19-year-old former SuperAmerica convenience store at 2025 South Broadway into a Cajun-flavored cafe. The husband and wife also are working on hiring the restaurant's team of the employees to staff their new place.
Joe estimates that they'll have between 30 to 40 people on staff for the opening. They hope to be training employees at least by June. While they are starting to interview job candidates, the Lost Cajun still is accepting applications, which can be downloaded from its website.
The menu will bring the taste of down-home Louisiana cooking to Rochester's cold-blasted taste buds. That means gumbo, chicory coffee, po' boy sandwiches, crawfish etouffe, shrimp bisque, fried okra and the sweet dessert pastry beignet.
The 1,900-square-foot restaurant will be able to seat up to about 55 inside and possibly 30 more outside.
After working at IBM for 28 years, Joe is finding the experience of opening a new restaurant very educational.
"It's a very exciting new adventure for us," he says.