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Crab Trap Seafood Restaurant opens in Frenier, just outside LaPlace, on Lake Pontchartrain


  Three years after the Crab Trap restaurant closed due to catastrophic damage in Hurricane Isaac, Louis Lipps is serving boiled seafood again, this time across the street. Husband-and-wife team Jenni and Jason Bourg opened the Crab Trap Seafood Restaurant (105 Gary Road, Frenier, 985-224-2000; in what used to be Gilligan's, a stone's throw from the western edge of Lake Pontchartrain in Frenier.

   Lipps works in the open-air, screened-in downstairs space, where he prepares boils of shrimp, crawfish and crab, as well as barbecue shrimp and crab plates.

  "We had met Louis a couple of years ago, and we knew that he was looking for a place to bring back his boils," Jenni Bourg said.

  The new restaurant is similar to the original spot, which resembled a fishing camp. Upstairs, the dining room includes 13 tables and a balcony overlooking the lakefront. The menu includes appetizers, fried seafood platters, po-boys, salads and a few seafood entrees.

  "We have a lot of people that are really excited to see (Lipps) back in business and bringing back the boil," Jason said. "This way, everyone gets a little bit of the old and a little bit of the new."

  The restaurant has applied for a liquor permit.

  The Crab Trap Seafood Restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. — HELEN FREUND

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