As word has leaked out that Red Beans Bayou Grill at 7447 W. 21st St. will close at the end of business on Thursday, people have been swarming in for a last taste of jambalaya, etouffee and pork loin Thibideaux, said owner Bill Rowe.
Rowe, who has owned the restaurant since he bought it from founder Richard Waite in 2008, said that the Cajun/American restaurant is “just doing okay.” But his Blue Moon Caterers is doing more than okay.
“My catering company is just exploding,” he said. “I’ve more than tripled my sales since 2000, and it deserves all the attention I can give it.”
The Red Beans building lease was up, Rowe said, so rather than renew, he decided now was a good time to close the restaurant and focus on Blue Moon.
Waite and some partners opened Red Beans in 1998. Rowe previously had owned Willie C’s Cafe & Bar.
Next week, Rowe said, he will be auctioning off the wild Cajun decor that hangs in the dining room as well as the kitchen equipment.
The decor auction starts at 9 a.m. Monday at the restaurant and will include all the colorful items on the walls, including stuffed fish, animals and a stuffed boar’s head. Rowe says he also has an extensive beer can collection that might be worth something.
The kitchen equipment auction is at 9 a.m. Wednesday.
For more information, call 316-721-4100.