Crawfish and Chill plans to open before Mardi Gras

Ibtissam Thabata, co-owner of Crawfish and Chill, said charbroiled oysters will be a highlight of the menu.

While the opening has been delayed, seafood lovers in St. Charles Parish won’t have to wait much longer for the grand opening of the Luling location of Crawfish and Chill.

When it opens, the family-style restaurant will feature a similar menu as its sister Marrero location, which includes boiled and fried seafood along with sandwiches, burgers and a number of other entree items. Popular items include crawfish, seafood balls, lobsters and crabs.

Crawfish and Chill was originally scheduled to open on Jan. 5, but the restaurant released a statement saying that the journey to completion has taken a bit longer than expected.

“The renovation of our property has been an intricate process, filled with unexpected challenges and delays,” the statement said. “We have poured our hearts and souls into creating a space that will truly be a haven for all of you. From the moment you step through our door we want you to feel the warmth and love that has gone into every detail.”

Ibtissam Thabata, who co-owns the restaurant with her husband, Amin, said they are working diligently to open the restaurant by the end of the month.

“We will be open before Mardi Gras, and we are doing everything we can to ensure that we meet that deadline,” she said. “While there are still a few things left to open up, we are confident that we will be able to complete them in time for the festivities.”

Ibtissam and Amin Thabata.

She added that the response from the community since they announced the Luling location has been incredible.

“We have been overwhelmed with excitement and support from both the local community and visitors who are eagerly anticipating the opening,” she said. “People are thrilled to have a new spot in Luling where they can enjoy a fantastic dining experience.”

Crawfish and Chill will offer a full dining service, complete with a vibrant atmosphere and a bar where guests can enjoy cocktails alongside their seafood dishes.

“In addition to our famous boiled seafood we will also be serving up mouthwatering po’boys, fried platters and New Orleans favorites such as jambalaya, red beans and rice and crawfish étouffée,” Thabata said. “And lets not forget about our charbroiled oysters, a true delicacy that will be a highlight of our menu.”

Thabata is confident the Luling location will exceed expectations and provide a memorable experience for all who visit.

“As a family-owned restaurant, we take great pride in providing unique dining experiences for our customers,” she said. “My husband and I are the owners and operators of Crawfish and Chill, and we are passionate about what we do. We believe that being a small, family owned business allows us to bring a personal touch to everything we do.”

That includes creating the menu and sourcing the freshest ingredients.

“We are involved in every aspect of the restaurant,” she said. “We strive to offer a high level of quality and attention to detail in every dish we serve. Our goal is to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere where our customers can relax and enjoy delicious food.”

Crawfish and Chill is located at 13899 River Road in Luling at the site of the former Sushi Café Japanese Restaurant.


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