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Boudreaux's Café Acadiana Opening

Duluth's newest dining attraction traces its roots back to the Boudreaux’s Cajun Seafood Market & Cafe downtown.

Duluth’s dining choices are expanding with the new Boudreaux’s Café Acadiana opening Thursday (Feb. 16). 

Paul Many of Boudreaux's Cajun Seafood Market in Duluth is helping long-time friend Mark Beidel open the Creole-centered restaurant.

Café Acadiana is taking over vacant restaurant space in the Duluth Station shopping center at Buford Highway and Old Peachtree Road. Many said he is excited to see his south Louisiana heritage advance on such a large scale.

“I’m the defender of my culture, promoter of the legacy my family left to me,” Many said. “My grandmother is who the business is named after.”

In addition to the all-you-can-eat selections and other popular menu options for lunch and dinner, a beignet and French press coffee service is planned for early morning visitors. Catering will also be available.

The dining areas are arranged to play host to live music and sports viewing. Café Acadiana plans to welcome regular gatherings of New Orleans Saints and LSU fans, among other devoted followers.

And the market's favorites are also migrating as its General Manager and Chef Codie Williams takes over the cooking duties in the new café.

“I’m going to have more staff, and I’ll be expanding the menu a good bit,” Williams said. “I’m still going to be pumping out po boys like crazy.”  

Along with the café’s opening, the seafood market’s downtown dining room has closed. Many said Boudreaux’s Cajun Seafood Market in Historic Downtown Duluth will expand its hours and selections.

The native from the Bayou Country has developed a reputation for delivering authentic seafood, Cajun specialties, seasonings, and condiments from his home state. For nearly nine years, Many has personally traveled to deep South fishing locations to bring back fresh seafood finds.

He made his first run for 50 pounds of shrimp on Sept. 17, 2000. As interest grew in what he had to offer, Many quickly found his real market was outside of his CPA practice.

“I was a Cajun out of place in Atlanta,” he said. “I would walk into a place and be let down. They would claim to be the authentic thing, and come to find out it would be someone who wasn’t from Louisiana who was running it. A lot of the products were not authentic.”

Many said the changes underway in the Duluth dining scene should be an encouragement to patrons and fellow businesses alike.

“The fact there is actually a company starting a new business and creating up to 20 jobs is great news in today’s economy,” he said. The political whirlwinds we find ourselves operating in make it tough to start an operation like this, and it’s been tough. We’ve got a horse, now we’ve got to put it in the race.”

Cafe Acadiana is located at 2750 Buford Hwy, Suite 800. Hours are 11 a.m.-9 p.m, Tuesday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday & Saturday; and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday. A Cajun lunch buffet is offered from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. For more information, call 770-814-8388.

The Schoolhouse February 16, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Glad to hear about the opening! We can't wait to stop by for lunch!!
Gail Burnett February 16, 2012 at 06:56 PM
Come out on Saturday night to hear live music with ESOEBO, starting at 7:30!
Pam Daniel February 16, 2012 at 07:00 PM
Yay! Welcome neighbor! The girls at Kilgores Florist will be crossing the street alot for lunch
Diane Lynch February 16, 2012 at 08:00 PM
Will there be music this Friday night?
Brenda February 16, 2012 at 08:01 PM
I'll be there Sat. Night!
Jean H February 17, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Congratulations! Looking forward to keeping my tastebuds happy!
VERONICA ROGERS February 17, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Great!! Good Luck. I will be there................
VERONICA ROGERS February 17, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Great food. Great service.
Faye Edmundson February 17, 2012 at 05:02 PM
If you like Cajun food, the buffet is fabulous. And I love the shrimp and oyster po boys.
Faye Edmundson February 17, 2012 at 05:02 PM
So glad the hours are expanded at the cafe location.
Kirk Anderson February 17, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Paul's reputations has been built on 12 years of honesty and integrity. His food is awesome and although I wish I could keep his work a secret, it's only fair that Atlanta learn about Cafe Acadiana and find authentic acadian food.
Cathy Seith February 21, 2012 at 01:07 PM
Can't wait to try it!

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