Despite what you may have heard through the grapevine, Randy Ziegler assures Natchitoches resident and visitors alike, that The Landing Restaurant and Bar is still open.
Yes, they’re no longer serving lunch on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, but that doesn’t mean they’ve shut down.
“That’s ridiculous,” said Ziegler. “Come visit us for lunch Friday and Saturday, or in the evenings where we’re serving up the same great dinner you enjoy.”
Rumors of the restaurant’s closure began soon after a Dec. 29 fire damaged the building. Ziegler was duck hunting with a friend on Pecan Island when he got the call. The damage was minimal, but a string of bad weather slowed down the repairs.
Sitting at home going crazy, Ziegler realized this was the perfect opportunity to redesign The Landing and give it some more personality. His plan was to create four large booths facing the bar side of the restaurant to give the area a casual neighborhood feel.
“I want people to sit and stay for a while, to hang out and visit. It just feels like home,” he said. “Each booth has its own outlet with USB ports, which makes them the perfect place to plug in a computer, brainstorm with a cocktail, and get some work done.”
Ziegler contacted his friend Mark Lester and together they began building the tables for each booth, a new host stand, and new bathroom vanities in Ziegler’s garage. They stained the wood floors of each booth by hand.
“I wanted to be involved in the remodeling process because I take pride in my restaurant,” said Ziegler.
The down time during the remodel also allowed him time to get creative and add a few new items to the menu including:
Shrimp and Crab Lasagna
Boudin Stuffed Egg Rolls
Bam Bam Fried Oysters with a Sweet Chili Glaze
Meat Ball and Roast Beef PoBoys
Debris Fries with a Horseradish Mayo on top
“We’re not changing any of your favorites,” he said. “We’re not reinventing The Landing. It’s an evolution. We’re growing and maturing and giving the restaurant a stronger identity.”