Lagniappes, Allentown’s own “little something extra“, is about to grow up. After three years of hustling in his tiny kitchen, owner and chef Chris Silverstein is ready to re-locate to a larger space. His largely “to-go” business, with a reputation for excellent value and big flavors, has found a new home which will better accommodate his growing clientele. “In the wintertime we have to turn so many people away because there is just no place for anyone to sit. That won’t be the case anymore.”
Lagniappes won’t need to hire a moving truck since the new locale is just a few spaces down the street at 220 Allen, a building which was remodeled a number of years ago but has remained unoccupied. This move will quadruple the tiny bistro’s previous seating capacity. Slated to open in early July 2010, Chef Silverstein promises that the new version of Lagniappes will continue to take good care of his “to go” clientele while making room for the many people who want to dine in. “We’ll still offer the same great food and service,” Silverstein is quick to note, “we’ll just be able to add more things to the menu and feed more people.”
It has been interesting to watch this small, independent business open and establish itself. The fact that it this little take away spot is flourishing is not only good news for Lagniappes and the folks who love Silverstein’s Cajun cuisine, it’s great for the neighborhood. The new Lagniappes will occupy a previously empty building while leaving a sweet little spot at 244 Allen Street open for another hardworking visionary to build their own little food empire. Tacos, anyone?
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