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Cajun restaurant to open in Valley
MERRIMAN VALLEY — A local couple are working to get their new Cajun and Creole-style restaurant up and running soon, just in time for Mardi Gras.
Michelle and Tony Banks are aiming to open da Bayou for business Feb. 28 at 1562 Akron-Peninsula Road.
According to a press release, the Bankses lived for several years on the West Bank of New Orleans, where they met neighbors from a small town outside Baton Rouge.
“Our neighbors embodied that good-times Cajun spirit and embraced us as part of their family,” Michelle Banks said. “And once we became official members of the family, they shared some of the cooking techniques that made New Orleans famous for its very flavorful and creative foods. And equally important, we experienced the fun of enjoying great food with family and friends.”
When the couple moved back north, first to the suburbs of Pittsburgh and later to Akron, they brought many of those cooking techniques and tastes back with them. After hosting fundraisers for charitable organizations, including the Akron Urban League and the Dorothy O. Jackson Society of the United Way, the two received positive feedback and it inspired them to pursue their dream of opening a restaurant.
Once opened, da Bayou will seat a total of about 200, offering inside and outside dining, and will employ over 30 full- and part-time staff.
The restaurant will serve Cajun/Creole food with a twist and will provide guests with a viewing area into the specially designed kitchen called da Boil Room. The restaurant also will host live jazz, blues or zydeco entertainment to provide an authentic New Orleans experience.
For more information, go to da-bayou.com or call 330-237-7955.
Kathleen Folkerth contributed to this report.
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