News about 53rd St. in Hyde Park, Chicago

Rajun Cajun reopens on September 17 after interior design refresh

Rajun Cajun, at 1459 E. 53rd Street, will reopen on Thursday, September 17th after a temporary closing for an interior design refresh.

Owned by Hyde Park resident Trushar Patel, Rajun Cajun has been open for business since 1993, and has been featured in Chicago magazine, the Chicago Reader, and “Chicago’s Best Food Challenges” on WGN-TV, among others. After 20+ years, Patel thought it was a good time for an interior spruce up, coinciding with the completion of the renovation of the Doerr Building, of which he is a tenant.

Rajun Cajun closed on July 3, and Patel kept his customers up-to-date on the restaurant’s Facebook page with photos of his progress during the 11 weeks of the renovation project.

Patrons will find new tables and seating, lighting, tile-work, and wood paneling, as well as a custom-designed wall mural. Rajun Cajun is so well-loved by its customers that they often send Patel postcards from all over the world, describing the menu items they miss the most, and these postcards have been incorporated into the wall mural. If you’ve sent Patel a postcard in the past few years, you might just find it as part of the design.

“I’m very happy to be reopening,” said Patel. “ I have missed all my customers, and I think they will say that the wait was worth it once they come back to see the restaurant.”

“Rajun Cajun has been offering its many customers an authentic taste of India as well as the American South for over 20 years,” said James Hennessy, associate vice president for commercial real estate operations for the University. “The new interior design is a fresh look for one of Hyde Park’s most favorite restaurants."

An official ribbon cutting ceremony is planned in the coming weeks.


Detail of the new Rajun Cajun wall mural
Detail of the new Rajun Cajun wall mural