MANCHAC, LA (WAFB) - The famed "Home of the World Famous Original Thin-Fried Catfish" will soon be undergoing renovations after 82 years of flooding.
Middendorf's Restaurant, located in Manchac, Louisiana, will begin raising the lower half of the restaurant in August. The last renovation to this portion of the restaurant was completed back in 1967 when a private dining room and walk-in coolers were added. Back in 1948, the restaurant had to be completely rebuilt due to a fire.
Protecting the restaurant from flooding has been ongoing since 2002, when the first flood wall was built. In 2008 and 2009, a new kitchen with AC was added, making it the first cooled kitchen since the restaurant opened in 1934.
In 2011 and 2012, the Sunset Dining Room was added and the restaurant obtained a standby generator. Permanent and temporary flood walls were installed in 2013 and 2014 and many other areas of the restaurant were raised, including dry storage, coolers, offices, and the loading dock.
Owners, Horst and Karen Pfeifer, are looking forward to the upcoming project and are excited to lessen their worries when the big storms come.
"Within just the past ten years, we have flooded three times, and we don't want to go through that again. We will preserve the old charm of the dining rooms by recycling and using the old cypress and panels. It will be as inviting and nice as before, but just higher and drier," said Horst Pfeifer.
The restaurant will maintain its normal business hours during the renovations. Those hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. The restaurant's full menu will also be available during this time, including some upcoming special events such as Fettucine Frenzy in September, Oktoberfest, and the 8th Annual Middendorf's Manchac Run on November 12.
"We are nearing the final step of keeping the legacy of Middendorf's going. We are so proud of each and every person who is a part of it," said Horst.
The renovations, which include a new retail store, are expected to take between four and five months. For more information, visit www.middendorfsrestaurant.com.