Cajun restaurant Vic & Al’s, from the owners of Eater 38 Italian food truck Patrizi’s, is opening on Friday, May 22. The restaurant, located at 2406 Manor Road in Cherrywood, will only offer takeout service for now.
Initially, the restaurant from cousins Matt and Nic Patrizi will serve a menu of rotating daily specials like crawfish etouffee on Sundays and barbecue shrimp on Wednesdays. At some point after that, the restaurant will add a “quick menu” of proteins or vegetables served as po’ boys, over rice, or over salad.
Later, Vic will expand with dinner, breakfast, and cocktails. The restaurant plans to stick to to-go orders for now, “until we feel our local watering hole can safely provide dine-in,” they explained.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Patrizis used the Vic & Al space as a community kitchen, serving over 3,000 free meals to members of the service industry. However, the new restaurant needed to make money, so, as bar manager Terra Stahlbaum shared: “We made the tough decision of switching our focus to helping the community by giving work to individuals.” The restaurant will continue to provide free meals to those in need who email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vic and Al’s was announced in July 2019, taking over the former location of Unit D Pizzeria. The Patrizis also had a short-lived Cajun trailer of the same name in 2016 — the name comes from family friends and brothers Vic and Al who had a restaurant in Beaumont in 1948.
Vic and Al’s will be open daily from 4 to 9 p.m., and will accept orders through its website once it opens.