A New Orleans-style bistro specializing in Cajun cuisine is coming to downtown Little Rock. The Roux Cafe will open sometime in July at 801 Markham St., according to owner Lee Miller. Fried catfish, fried crawfish, fried shrimp, jambalaya, gumbo, crawfish pies and boiled crawfish will all be on the menu. The restaurant will offer a full bar, Miller said, and specialize in a Bourbon Street standby — daiquiris.
A Little Rock native who said he developed a taste for Cajun food while in college at Dillard University in New Orleans, Miller doesn't have restaurant experience — after working in Congressman Vic Snyder's office, he worked in the secretary of state's business and commercial service office, which inspired him to open his own business, he said — but he said local restaurateurs Fred Cashaw and Matt Lile have been serving as his mentors. Miller also said he'd hired two chefs, one of whom is from New Orleans.
The Roux will be open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner with a full bar. In the second floor of the building, Miller plans to occasionally host concerts, including touring brass bands.