Starting off as a popular food trailer specializing in boiled seafood, owners of Boot T’s Seafood recently graduated to operating a full-service restaurant and bar after mother and son co-owners Yvette Dunn and Brock Dunn purchased Boutte-area restaurant Tin Shed earlier this year.
The bar and grill restaurant, now operating under its new Boot T’s name in the former Tin Shed location at 13459 US-90, still features boiled seafood from the business’ earlier food trailer days but has expanded its original menu by keeping the Tin Shed’s menu items intact along with several new items.
“We kept everything [Tin Shed] had on their menu, and then we added [additional choices] like our bang-bang shrimp tacos, chicken wings, and a few other items,” owner Brock Dunn commented.
Boiled seafood will remain a staple menu offering when in season, with certain seafood items like snow crab legs offered regularly throughout the year when available.
“We boil shrimp every day, and then from time to time on the weekends we boil crabs – and then whenever crawfish comes back in season, we’ll start boiling crawfish as well,” Dunn mentioned.
The local restaurant now offers two bread options for po-boys: its fresh-baked lighter and softer bread, named “Shed Bread” after the restaurant’s former Tin Shed owners who popularized it, or a firmer more traditional po-boy bread called “Boot Bread,” which the mother and son co-owners said was ideal for heartier po-boys like Boot-T’s roast beef and debris menu option.
Boot T’s Seafood features daily lunch specials each day, with specials like red beans and rice with a choice of fried fish or shrimp on Mondays, or the restaurant’s smothered pork plate lunch on Tuesdays.
The switch from being open a few days per week as a food trailer to being open six days per week in their new location has resulted in a bigger shared workload for the Dunn family. Fortunately, they were able to retain the Tin Shed’s former staff when they acquired the business to keep the restaurant running smoothly.
“The trailer was only open a few days out of the week but owning a restaurant – being open six days out of the week – it’s a lot more work,” Dunn said of his business’ recent switch to its new fixed location in Boutte. “It’s a lot more work, a lot more preparation – but it’s fun while doing it.”
Owners Yvette Dunn and Brock Dunn recently rolled out their first steak night on Thursday which promises to be a regular offering, and plan to also offer a kid’s night on Tuesdays, when kids can get a meal and drink for just $6.
“The steak night [plate] includes a ribeye, and normally we’ll have a twice-baked potato that comes with it, as well as a side salad,” Dunn said.
Boot T’s opens each day at 11 a.m., closing at different times depending on the day of the week: Mondays thru Wednesday Boot T’s closes at 7 p.m., Thursday night the restaurant closes at 8 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays it closes late at 2 a.m. Boot T’s remains closed on Sundays.
Like its Tin Shed predecessor, the new restaurant and bar features a drive-thru with a selection of daiquiri options, offering karaoke nights as well as live music several times each month. Boot T’s can be reached at Ph. 985-722-8427 for take-out orders.