After four years in Upper Fremont, Matt Lewis has announced he’s accepted an offer to sell his Cajun- and Creole-inspired restaurant, Restaurant Roux, known for Southern specialties like shrimp and grits, beignets, and jambalaya. Roux will close after brunch on February 18, though Lewis will continue to operate the New Orleans-style food trucks that started it all, Where Ya At Matt, and his associated catering business.
Before the restaurant shutters, it will celebrate Mardi Gras on Tuesday, February 13 with live music, according to yesterday’s Facebook announcement. The note also promises a “rowdy weekend” to close things down.
Lewis opened Roux in the former Buckaroo Tavern space in upper Fremont in November 2013. The New Orleans native first made a name for himself slinging po’ boys, jambalaya, and gumbo aboard his food trucks. His restaurant spin-off used similar flavors for composed dishes like steak frites Creole and blue crab ravigote with fried green tomatoes and remoulade. His popular food truck, Where Ya At Matt, will continue to roam around town, making appearances at places like Westlake Park, Chuck’s Hop Shop, and Occidental Park.
No word yet on who’s taking over the space or what Roux might become, but Eater will update if Lewis responds to a request for comment.