“When the taste changes with every bite and the last bite is as good as the first, that’s Cajun.”
— Paul Prudhomme

Downtown Louisville continues to crawl back from the past year’s pandemic-borne dislocations. Plans are being hatched and spaces filled, as with The Bayou’s launch.

At this early juncture, The Bayou’s social media seems limited to Facebook. For the whole scoop, read Dahlia Ghabour’s excellent report at the Courier Journal.

‘Food for the soul’: New Orleans-style soul food restaurant opens in downtown Louisville

A New Orleans-style soul food restaurant, The Bayou, is now open in the former Dish On Market space at 434 W. Market St. Dish on Market closed last summer after 10 years of operation. The Bayou, led by Lisa Rainey and Paul Nelson, is a rebranded take on their previous restaurant, Geechee Bayou, at 3400 W. Market St.

The new cajun creole restaurant features an expanded menu with classic Bayou recipes like jambalaya, red beans and rice, gumbo, seafood platters and crab boils as well as club sandwiches, frog legs, crab cakes and a Sunday buffet.

The restaurant will also serve fried cherry pie, fried apple pie and fried sweet potato pie with caramel drizzle and a dollop of heavy cream, and a turtle sundae.ormed: it’s decorated with Mardi Gras merchandise in green, purple and gold. Detailed masks and vinyl murals are pinned up around the restaurant, and treble clefs and music notes march along the walls.