Hillsborough’s LaPlace Louisiana Cookery is closing, but plans to reopen with a new concept

LaPlace Louisiana Cookery

One of the rare tastes of Cajun country in the Triangle announced plans to close this week, but said it would transform into something new.

LaPlace Louisiana Cookery announced it will close for good after service Monday, April 8. LaPlace, a popular spot in downtown Hillsborough’s thriving food scene, celebrated the Cajun food of New Orleans, offering a nightly taste of one of America’s most treasured food cities.

The restaurant posted on its Facebook page Tuesday announcing its impending closure, noting that while it’s saying farewell to its ode to Louisiana cuisine, it’s embracing the seafaring traditions closer to home.

After some renovations, the space will reopen as James Pharmacy, taking its name from the historic building on Churton Street and its inspiration from the North Carolina waterways. In the Facebook post, the restaurant owners said James Pharmacy will specialize in seafood, both chilled shellfish like freshly shucked oysters, as well as the fried arts of Calabash.

“Coastal cuisine is something we are passionate about, but this project has really been inspired by all of you,” the Facebook post reads. “You’ve pushed us and our chefs to serve more fresh seafood each, and every year LaPlace has been in existence, and as we’ve done so we’ve fallen in love with the multitude of culinary expressions that the freshest NC fish can inspire- from chilled shellfish to calabash-style fried fish, from ceviches to fish tacos, and from chowders and crab cakes to low country seafood boils. It is simplicity itself, it’s taking a beautiful piece of fish and presenting it in its freshest form and allowing those fresh flavors to be enhanced through our team’s creativity and skill.”

LaPlace is part of the First We Eat restaurant group, owned by Dean James and Matt Fox, which also includes the Wooden Nickel Public House.

“These last five years have been amazing,” the restaurant posted on social media. “We’ve had the support of countless wonderful people in Hillsborough and beyond as we dove deep into Louisiana cuisine and culture, and enjoyed exploring every creative pathway it led us down. Many meals served, and even more memories made. We humbly thank you for allowing us to do what we love to do each and every day.”

Owners say details on the reopening date have not been finalized.

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