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Cajun Corner? Still open?

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After a change in ownership a few months ago, the place appears to have been closed each time I've driven by in the last few weeks it has been closed during posted opening hours. Has anyone been, or do they know if this is a retool? There doesn't appear to be any sort of landlord's notice on the door.

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  1. I always thought the move was a bad one.

    The website doesn't offer any information but seems to be the same as before.

    DT

    1. I've had the same issue (after calling ahead and getting no answer).

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      1. re: julesrules

        It was open a couple of weeks ago when I drove by.
        It's closed Mondays - I think I went by on a Thursday.

        1. re: estufarian

          Just out of curiousity, I called CC at 12:50 pm and after many rings, got the message " The mailbox belong to Cajun Corner is full"

          Well you can have a full mailbox but I bet the restaurant isn't full. It's probably closed for good now.

      2. it was open a few weeks ago, I went by and there were people in the place.

        I hope so, I like the place.
        I would suggest you try to email them and see if they reply.

        however, I sometime have found the place closed when it is suppose to be opened.

        1. I drive down Laird all of the time.
          and while my reply certainly isn't scientific - I can't tell you the exact time or days I've driven by - I have not seen the place open in recent memory.
          and I recall driving by on a Thursday eve at 8ish? maybe closer to 9? and it was definitely closed.

          1. It was closed today (a Saturday) - during the posted opening time..
            Just a closed sign on the window - inside looked very casual - half full bottles of liquor; some waste in bins.
            But no notices of closing on door - and only 1 piece of mail in mailbox

            1. I work just down the street,passed by at different times of the day...seems the place is closed.
              No notice in the entry way, but has been closed for about 3 weeks.

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              1. re: bargirl

                Does anyone know who owns the building? The original owners owned the space on Queen St., I believe. If they bought the building on Laird, this could explain why no sign... Perhaps they are deciding what to do with it.

                1. re: Full tummy

                  I don't think they owned the building on Laird. I'm guessing that since it looks like they haven't abandoned it they're either on vacation or rethinking things. It could do with some effort on the interior, as many have commented.

                  1. re: Snarf

                    ..and service...and prices...and..and...

                    1. re: atomeyes

                      I wish I could be more optimistic about a revamp. I know there were a lot of negative opinions about their food, but it was at least home made and somewhat original for Toronto. It was a quirky place for sure (decor, attitude, etc). But if they make it less quirky & more commercial - I am afraid that usually means less interesting food.

                      1. re: julesrules

                        I, and I'm sure many others, put up with quirky decor and attitudes for good food. CC was quirky but often lacked the good food, alas, so that it was a gamble and probably not worth the trip. If it had been good, many more would have put up with shenanigans like not answering the phone, not being open during posted hours; many would have overlooked the decor, as they did with the Queen Street location. But having a practically empty buffet table, serving stale rolls and measly portions do not, alas, make food interesting... Actually, they need to work on the food first.

                        1. re: Full tummy

                          I think you people are just doing a post-mortem, I don't see much chance that they will open again. If they do, the name should be changed so that they dis-associate themselves from the former incarnation.

                          1. re: foodyDudey

                            I believe, of the old oweners, one was named Karen. A link to an email to them starts with a K. So I suppose their still the owners. Perhaps they've just been lazy in changing.

                            DT

              2. I am unsure if this is true, I was talking withsome who seemed to remember that the owner was pregnent , so they think this is why it is closed but I do not know.

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                1. re: bsv

                  I heard the owners bought a B & B in NOLA.

                  DT

                  1. re: Davwud

                    they got the B&B a while ago

                    1. re: bsv

                      Yeah, they had that place well before the move, and it's really more of a "second home that they sometimes rent out the spare bedrooms in if they're in town and someone expresses interest" than a true B&B. They seem to run it much the same way they ran the restaurant - without a whole lot of forethought.

                      1. re: Wahooty

                        I can't forget the last time I was in there and Karen let the whole place fill up with smoke and oil while she fried some crab cakes I ordered..... and when I told her she should get an exhaust fan she said they had one, it just wasn't ON! I remembered that when I read the last part of your post. It's best for them to just stay down in New Orleans or wherever as they can't run a restaurant. I'm not sure what the facination with CC was, it was just OK but nothing special.

                        1. re: foodyDudey

                          On Queen, CC was a source of cheap, freshly cooked, mainly good tasting food served in generous portions. The neighbourhood lacked this kind of place - and it still does.

                          They lived upstairs. The restaurant, really a takeout, was secondary to the catering business and it was understandable when they were closed for a catering gig. Their failure to observe their posted hours was infuriating, though, especially when they claimed to be open until 10:00 PM but almost never were.

                          But the shrimp and catfish po boys were generous and delicious and cost peanuts. The sides and gumbos were also mostly good and never dull. They sold out of everything virtually every day, but were happy to hold stuff for you if you checked the daily menu on their website and called.

                          We were regulars on Queen, but never did make the trek to Leaside. What was acceptable here for $5 was not acceptable there. The prices were several times higher and the quality seemed to be much lower. They obviously didn't understand that running a real restaurant was a different kind of business - one that (it turned out) they were not suited to run.

                          I know they weren't affluent when they opened on Queen. I don't know whether they sold the building, but they would have done very well if they did. If they still own it, Ed's will be a very successful tenant. Perhaps they always intended to sell out the Leaside place and move south. If this wasn't their plan, they obviously (in hindsight) had no hope of success there.

                2. I believe that the original owners, Glen & Karen, sold it after moving it to Laird from Queen St West. I understand they own a B & B in New Orleans now and moved there fulltime.

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                    1. re: Full tummy

                      assuming you are not talking about the B&B, Cajun Corner is as closed as one can get.