Executives from Razzoo’s Cajun Cafe broke ground Tuesday on the brand’s new restaurant at 4805 S. Loop 289.
The Lubbock location will be the 21st for the Dallas-Fort Worth-based eatery and is scheduled to open over the summer.
The restaurant is planned to be 7,400 square feet and will seat approximately 220 diners. The restaurant will bring 100 new jobs to the Lubbock area, according to a news release from the company.
Jeff Powell, president and CEO of Razzoo’s, said his company has been looking to open in Lubbock for years, and is excited to finally do so. Two of Powell’s children have attended Texas Tech, so he said he had a bit of an insider’s look at the city.
“Lubbock’s a great market, it’s a healthy market,” Powell said. “We do have equity here, people know us from other parts of Texas. We have great neighbors, too.”
Razzoo’s will be the final restaurant to join The Row, in between Chuy’s and Longhorn Steakhouse. BJ’s Brewhouse, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and the Staybridge Inn and Suites are also part of the development. Gary Andrews with GRACO Real Estate Development, the developing company of The Row, said in an email he is excited Razzoo’s will complete the area.
“Our team is excited that Razzoo’s will be bringing their authentic Cajun cuisine to The Row,” Andrews said. “This, along with the opening of the Staybridge earlier this year, marks the completion of the already unique lineup at the development. We look forward to welcoming them to Lubbock early next year.”
The restaurant will offer traditional Cajun food like gumbo, alligator tail and po’ boys. Powell emphasized that other options on the menu, like pastas and chicken, are available for customers who may not be accustomed to Cajun tastes.
“We have a grounding in Gulf Coast culture and food,” Powell said. “We really emphasize the daily, from-scratch preparation.”
Despite being hours from a coast, Powell said, quick distribution schedules will allow the restaurant to serve the freshest seafood possible to guests.
Father R.B. Williams of St. Elizabeth University Parish blessed the site of the upcoming restaurant, asking for success and happy customers for the restaurant. Williams is originally from Louisiana, he said, so he especially appreciated the addition of another Cajun restaurant to the Lubbock market.
“I’ll be looking closely at this menu,” he joked after the blessing.
Tech students from areas with Razzoo’s are looking forward to the opening as well. Jasmine Stevens, a senior journalism major from Houston, said she recently found a picture of herself at the restaurant at age 3. She said the Cajun cafe has always been a family favorite.
“I’m really glad Lubbock will get to enjoy the seafood I get to eat back home,” Stevens said. “I think it will be a great addition to Lubbock’s dining experiences.”
Stevens highly suggested customers try the “rat toes” on the appetizer menu. Rat toes are jalapenos stuffed with shrimp and crab, then fried, according to the menu.
The restaurant will open after Stevens graduates, but she said she encourages Lubbockites to give the restaurant a try when it opens next summer.