The Lost Cajun Reports Record-Breaking Growth In 2018
Opens 25th location, sells one-millionth cup of gumbo and is on its way to becoming one of the industry's 'breakout brands of 2018'
January 07, 2019 // Franchising.com // COVINGTON, La. - The Lost Cajun - a family-friendly restaurant focused on authentic Cajun food and hospitality - is celebrating a remarkable year of growth for both franchise development and company milestones.
Here's a look at what The Lost Cajun accomplished in 2018:
- The brand opened 13 restaurants in 2018, boasting more than 450 percent growth increase in restaurant openings.
- The franchise opened its milestone 25th store, in Raleigh, N.C., on Christmas Eve.
- The restaurant sold its one millionth cup of gumbo, over 177,000 pounds of catfish, 34,500 pounds of sausage and 50,000 pounds of shrimp, marking The Lost Cajun's emergence as the go-to spot for Cajun cuisine.
- The franchise was named the “Breakout brand of 2018” by FSR Magazine.
- The Lost Cajun also moved their national headquarters from Frisco, Colo. to Covington, La.
- The brand secured commitments for 25 new locations with a significant 20-store development deal with a former multi-unit Dunkin' franchisee.
“This year has marked a remarkable growth initiative,” said Raymond Griffin, Founder and CEO of The Lost Cajun “From our 25th store opening to our one millionth bowl of gumbo sold, each milestone has meant so much to The Lost Cajun team. We are so proud of everything we were able to accomplish in 2018. As we continue to expand our footprint nationally, our primary goal of providing unmatched support for our existing franchisees remains, while concentrating on our mission of being a family-friendly restaurant with a focus on authentic Cajun food and hospitality.”
Griffin attributes the increased interest in the franchise opportunity to the amazing food and one-of-a-kind dining experience. The Cajun cuisine industry is a highly-fragmented segment with no dominant regional or national player. With the majority of these restaurants being mom-and-pop locations, The Lost Cajun continues to surpass the competition when it comes to providing an authentic Cajun experience with an emphasis on hospitality.
Looking toward 2019, The Lost Cajun is set to open at least 12 new restaurants throughout the East Coast. In the next three to five years the brand is on track to develop 32 stores.
“At The Lost Cajun, all the workers - from the chef to the servers - have three phrases ingrained in their vocabulary: 'please,' 'thank you' and 'you're welcome,” added Griff. “Patrons can hear the interaction between chef and server: 'Order in, Chef.' 'Thank you, Chef.' Servers address patrons using 'sir' and 'ma'am.'”
To augment the company's growth and introduce even more consumers to its authentic Cajun food and hospitality, The Lost Cajun is continuing to seek single- and multi-unit franchisees. On average, the total investment ranges from $300,000 - $500,000 for a single unit. Each restaurant occupies an average of 2,500-2,800 square feet of real estate and seats an average of 65-80 guests.
About The Lost Cajun
Founded in 2010 and franchising since 2013, The Lost Cajun is a family-friendly restaurant concept with a focus on authentic Cajun food and hospitality. Today, there are 25 restaurants open and operating in six states, with several others in various stages of development. For more information, visit www.thelostcajun.com.
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