Three years after the Crab Trap restaurant closed due to catastrophic damage in Hurricane Isaac, Louis Lipps is serving boiled seafood again, this time across the street. Husband-and-wife team Jenni and Jason Bourg opened the Crab Trap Seafood Restaurant (105 Gary Road, Frenier, 985-224-2000; www.facebook.com/crabtrapseafoodrestaurant.llc) in what used to be Gilligan's, a stone's throw from the western edge of Lake Pontchartrain in Frenier.
Lipps works in the open-air, screened-in downstairs space, where he prepares boils of shrimp, crawfish and crab, as well as barbecue shrimp and crab plates.
"We had met Louis a couple of years ago, and we knew that he was looking for a place to bring back his boils," Jenni Bourg said.
The new restaurant is similar to the original spot, which resembled a fishing camp. Upstairs, the dining room includes 13 tables and a balcony overlooking the lakefront. The menu includes appetizers, fried seafood platters, po-boys, salads and a few seafood entrees.
"We have a lot of people that are really excited to see (Lipps) back in business and bringing back the boil," Jason said. "This way, everyone gets a little bit of the old and a little bit of the new."
The restaurant has applied for a liquor permit.
The Crab Trap Seafood Restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. — HELEN FREUND