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The Lost Cajun Celebrates Big Growth


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A year and a half after hanging with Raymond Griffin, founder of The Lost Cajun, the authentic Cajun-style restaurant brand is celebrating the fruits of an impressive growth streak during the past 12 months. Among other internal records, the brand opened 13 new restaurants during 2018, including its 25th store, which opened in Raleigh, North Carolina, on Christmas Eve.

As part of the release trumpeting the brand’s big milestones, the Louisiana-based brand served its one millionth cup of gumbo, which equates to more than 177,000 pounds of catfish, 34,500 pounds of sausage and 50,000 pounds of shrimp.

There are 25 Lost Cajun locations open and operating throughout Colorado, Texas, Tennessee South Carolina, North Carolina and Louisiana. The brand also signed multi-unit franchise agreements, including a 20-restaurant deal in North Carolina, a six-store deal in western North Carolina and a regional development deal in California.

“Each milestone has meant so much to The Lost Cajun team,” Griffin said. “We are so proud of everything we were able to accomplish in 2018.”

Griffin attributes the increased interest to the brand’s food, which this reporter can thoroughly vouch for. During two days spent with Griffin in and around Denver back in 2017, I was able to poke around its commissary kitchen where the gumbo base is made, as well as the kitchens at several of the brand’s locations in Colorado, where the brand was headquartered until moving back to Louisiana last year.

I don’t hesitate saying The Lost Cajun is some of the tastiest food in any franchised restaurant. Click HERE to check out my Franchise Times cover story from our September 2017 issue, which was one of my favorite stories during my four years (and counting!) in the franchise industry. 

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