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Troubled Waters: Capsized Kitchen Abandons Ship

Written By Scott Joseph On May 31, 2017

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Capsized Kitchen has jumped the Sunoco ship, as it were.

You’ll recall that just last month I told you about the little seafood restaurant with a Louisiana drawl in the odd location of a corner of a Sunoco gas station on South Conway Road. It had been open only since early February.

In mid May, the restaurant posted a notice on its Facebook page that read, in part: “Today we moved all our things out of Sunoco! Thank you Belle Isle Police Department for helping keep things as classy and professional as possible! The entire time we were moving our things the Sunoco owners were trash talking our business to every single person that came in.”

In response to a private message asking for details, a representative for Capsized Kitchen told me, “It was never the plan to stay there long. We out grew the place even quicker than expected. On top of that the building owners wouldn’t fix any of the electrical problems or the air conditioning. Our customers and business started to suffer the hotter it got. Our cooks were suffering so much a customer brought them a portable air conditioner but it only helped so much. We had groups of people coming in wanting to sit down and we couldn’t provide tables. It was clear that it was time for us to go.”

A person who answered the phone at the Sunoco station, but who would not give her name or title, said, “They left because they didn’t pay their rent.”

In the meantime, Capsized Kitchen is trying to right itself by looking for a new port, one it promises its regulars will have air conditioning and seating. The spokesperson said they hope to stay in the Conway/Belle Isle area. Whether you’ll also be able to fill up on unleaded remains to be seen.

Stay tuned.

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