EASTON, Pa. – The owners of a prominent downtown Easton restaurant expect to reopen their dining establishment this week after a plumbing issue forced it to temporarily close nine days ago.
The Bayou Easton, a full-service restaurant offering a creative take on classic New Orleans cooking, temporarily closed on Nov. 11 due to a backed-up pipe, co-owner Mo Taylor said.
The incident caused minor flooding in the restaurant’s basement, but no major damage occurred, Taylor said.
The plumbing issue, which also affected the upstairs residential units, has been resolved with a new section of piping being installed, Taylor said.
The Bayou Easton, at 64 Centre Square, is expected to reopen within the next few days following city inspections, Taylor said.
“The crew should be finished with all of the work today, and then it is just a matter of getting everything cleared by the city,” Taylor said. “Worst-case scenario, we reopen this coming weekend. Best-case scenario, we reopen tomorrow for dinner.”
Taylor said the 10 residential units’ piping is interconnected with the restaurant’s piping, which flows into one main line below the basement.
“We do general preventative maintenance, but we think that over time, there was just a build-up of sediment,” Taylor said.
“We’re excited to reopen. The one benefit is that we haven’t had to cancel any private events.”
The Bayou Easton, featuring a full bar and two private party spaces, opened in 2017 in a renovated space that previously housed Valenca restaurant.
The restaurant is a second location of the successful Bayou: Southern Kitchen & Bar, which opened in 2014 on Hawthorne Road in Bethlehem.
The Bayou Boys Hospitality Group, comprising Taylor and his partners – Cristian Duarte, Jerry Straub and Matt Weaver, also operates two locations of fast-casual cheesesteak eatery Wiz Kidz in Bethlehem and Bethlehem Township along with a new food trailer.
The group also makes and sells its own pierogies under the Bayou Boys Pierogies brand.
Once The Bayou Easton receives the green light to reopen, reservations will once again be accepted through the Resy restaurant reservation platform, Taylor said.