Like many in the Thibodaux community, Cajun Daughters has been anticipating the opening of the new Foundry on the Bayou, a combination restaurant, bar and music venue. We were there for opening day lunch and we were not disappointed!
With a new facelift on the outside and the familiar old brick and exposed overhead beams on the inside, the huge facility sports three separate bars, two private rooms, and a fabulous second-floor roof deck with a view of downtown Thibodaux and Bayou Lafourche. An indoor balcony overlooks the stage area where bands will perform Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. Make sure to take notice of how the owners have added little historical touches to the décor like the foundry wheel on the beer tap and the old weight scale behind one of the bars.
We highly recommend you try the Shrimp Corndogs for an appetizer – three large shrimp skewered and coated with pancake batter, fried and served with the Foundry’s own remoulade sauce. Though the menu is small to begin with, the Foundry intends to add more items, and what they are serving looks very appealing! The opening day lunch special was a delicious Shrimp Stuffed Eggplant Parmesan served with French Bread, steamed green beans and carrots, and the BEST Mac and Cheese I have ever eaten. (The best Mac and Cheese I had ever had before was my Mom’s, so this is, indeed, the highest praise I can bestow!)
Other items on the menu include Louisiana Cajun favorites like Chicken and Andouille Gumbo, Fried Oysters, Crawfish Etouffee, and South Lafourche Red Beans and Rice. If you’re in the mood for a sandwich, you can enjoy a pulled pork, roast beef, oyster or homemade sausage po-boy or The Foundry’s Fire Roasted Cheeseburger. According to owner Margaret Schexnayder, Foundry on the Bayou is committed to the community and serving fresh, locally grown and raised produce.
The Foundry has a long history in Thibodaux. Built in 1840 as a steel-forging facility, or foundry, it became a hotspot for locals in the 70s when it opened as The Foundry nightclub. In later years, it was a popular country-and-western bar, where, by the way, Toby Keith once performed before he went on to be a mega country music star. Many locals have fond memories of the old building. Married couple Floyd and Susan Beniot were there for opening day to reminisce about how they first met there 30 years ago.
There’s plenty of reminiscing going on at the Old Foundry. If opening day is any indication, we’ll all be making new memories for a long time to come!
What Cajun Daughters love about Foundry on the Bayou: Our old beloved Foundry brought back to life! A welcomed addition to downtown Thibodaux and the community, Foundry on the Bayou’s owners seem committed to serving our community and welcoming and implementing the community’s input. Go to Foundry on the Bayou Survey to leave your constructive feedback.