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Updated: 11:43 a.m. Monday, April 21, 2014 | Posted: 7:31 a.m. Monday, April 21, 2014

Troy restaurant to close, reopen as Little York Tavern franchise

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By Mark Fisher

Staff Writer

TROY —

TROY — Ledoux’s at 118 W. Main St. will close as a Cajun and seafood restaurant on May 4 but will reopen two weeks later as a franchise location of the Little York Tavern & Bar, restaurant owner Don Ledoux said this morning.

“We are excited to announce we will be changing,” Ledoux wrote on his restaurant’s Facebook page. “As of May 4, LeDoux’s will discontinue the Cajun and seafood menu. We will be a franchise of Little York Tavern & Pizza. The bar will remain open through the transition. The restaurant will close on May 4 to re-fit and organize for the new menu implementation. Little York Tavern & Pizza, Troy will open Monday, May 19.

“I would like to thank all of our customers, friends and family for your support over the years. We look forward to our new venture and hope you will continue to visit us downtown Troy.”

In an interview this morning, LeDoux said he has known Little York Tavern owner Tom Hentrick for several years, and the franchise idea “came up in casual conversation. I think it’s a good move and the right fit.”

Ledoux said the restaurant has already started hiring additional staff in anticipation of the transition from a dinner-hours-only establishment to a restaurant-bar that will be open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. Employment has risen from seven to 16 people, and Ledoux said he’ll likely hire a handful more.

The Cajun-themed restaurant opened in late 2009 on North County Road 25A north of Troy near Upper Valley Medical Center. That location closed in September 2011, and the restaurant reopened at its downtown Troy location in November 2011.

The restaurant-bar seats about 100 people in four dining areas, and also offers a banquet facility that seats about 110, LeDoux said when the downtown location opened.

Attracting diners who would make frequent, recurring visits “was a tough battle” with the restaurant’s Cajun-themed menu, LeDoux said.

Before becoming a restaurateur, LeDoux worked in various radio positions, including as the “Prize Guy” on what was the Nancy and Kerrigan Morning Show on K99.1-FM.

This will be the first franchise location for the Little York Tavern, which moved to its current location at 4120 Little York Road in Vandalia in 2005.

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