Looks like New Orleans staple Cochon is staying in New Orleans; the restaurant's second outpost in Lafayette, La., is set to close Feb. 10.
According to a Facebook post, Link Restaurant Group decided to close the Lafayette location to focus on developing restaurants in New Orleans, including a wood-fired seafood restaurant on Magazine and Julia Street. Luckily the original New Orleans Cochon will remain in business.
"We’ve enjoyed our time in Lafayette. We’re also happy that the beautiful Vermilion River location we built will become a vibrant new restaurant serving an excellent menu from a highly regarded Louisiana operator," the Facebook post says.
Cochon Lafayette only opened in 2011, and served up the same Southern and Cajun-inspired food. The location will be taken over by the owners of Ruffino's in Baton Rouge, La., so the river location will still be in good hands.
The new seafood restaurant they speak of, however, is slated to open in spring, with a raw bar, fish specials (grilled or baked over wood), and a few meat options. "We've been talking about doing a seafood restaurant for years that's not your typical fried seafood," Link told the Times-Picayune back in November. "The real soul of this place is seafood. We still want it to be considered a New Orleans restaurant."