Blue Dog Café undergoing overhaul after filing for bankruptcy

Posted at 5:05 PM, Apr 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-11 18:05:22-04

Blue Dog Café in Lafayette is undergoing an "overhaul" of menu and restructuring after the company that owns the restaurant filed for Bankruptcy. 

Blue Collar Enterprises which operates the Blue Dog Café in Lafayette filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy to ensure "continued operation in the face of financial uncertainty," according to a press release. 

According to the release, Jacques and Andre Rodrigue, sons of American Artist George Rodrigue, are the largest creditors of the Company. The brothers will manage the financial restructuring to ensure proper vendor payment as laid out in the plan of reorganization that was filed Wednesday in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court of the Western District of Louisiana. 

"From the beginning, we have sought only to make sure that our father’s legacy, which includes Blue Dog Café, is honored with excellence," said Jacques Rodrigue. "This restructuring will allow us to commit to our community and take responsibility for the restaurant’s business following this time of turbulence."

Rodrigue said the restructuring plan if approved would allow the brothers to forgive the significant debt owed to them and their father’s estate, and move the restaurants toward profitability. Current employees will be retained. 

According to the owners, the café will be bringing in Ryan Trahan formerly of Dark Roux in Lafayette to serve as executive chef. The menu at the Lafayette location will be changed, excluding signature items. Trahan’s menu will feature new dishes like a Jumbo Lump Crab Cake, Charbroiled Oysters, Pork Fried Catfish Chips, Pompano En Papillote, Roasted Chicken and Buttermilk Pie.