Gerard and Helen Baudoin are opening the second location of their popular 10-year-old Maurice restaurant in Lafayette Tuesday, June 19. Mr. Keet’s has taken over the old Ryan’s on Ambassador Caffery across from Sam’s, because “Lafayette’s the place to be,” says Gerard. “We want to make a lasting impression on Lafayette.”

The Lafayette menu is much the same as the Maurice restaurant, from hamburgers and steaks to chicken and fish dishes and boiled crabs/shrimp to barbecue on Sundays. But the new location has a large bar and three banquet rooms.

Fifty people are being hired for the 11,400-square-foot restaurant, which is about 4,000 square feet larger than Mr. Keet’s in Maurice.

With crawfish going out of season later this month, look for a variety of crab dishes to hit the menu, including a medley of boiled Blue Point, Stone and Alaskan King crabs, Gerard says.

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