PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - A new restaurant in Pascagoula is bringing a little Cajun flare to the coast, but the restaurant isn't all that's on the menu.
The NOLA-GOULA Café was a project that Anita Gauthreaux knew she wanted to tackle when the opportunity presented itself.
"It has become a big undertaking," she said.
Anita bought the old Studio Suites property in Pascagoula on Hwy. 90 with a restaurant, bar, and 78-room hotel to virtually redo. She jumped in headfirst and celebrated a ribbon cutting for the restaurant Thursday.
"We're really proud of this, and we hope Pascagoula embraces us as they have so far," said Anita.
She still runs a business in New Orleans and relies on her business partners and friends to help her with this property. Friends like Deborah Gauthreaux.
"It makes me want to do it more. It makes me want to bring back Pascagoula," said Deborah.
According to Anita, the NOLA-GOULA Cafe isn't possible without her head chef, Donna Campeau. Campeau said the menu should be tasty.
"I love my Cajun. I like my gumbo, hamburger steaks, seafood plates," Campeau said.
It seems like her cooking and the newly redone venue are catching on.
"I'm thrilled to death to have a new restaurant. The food is absolutely delicious," said Ellen Cole.
The food had city officials and others excited about the new mix being added into the Pascagoula restaurant scene. Mayor Jim Blevins couldn't wait for his city to have a little taste of New Orleans.
"This one has a different flavor. Kind of a New Orleans flavor," Blevins said.
Even though several rooms are ready to rent out, the hotel is still undergoing some renovations. The owners expect to have a ribbon cutting for it in February.