Kevin Lively still feels like he hit the jackpot when he opened Mrs. Lively’s Cajun Konnection three years ago in Lake Dallas. Not only could he honor his late grandmother, Edith Lively, and mother, Judy, for teaching him the ways of southern cuisine, but his bayou-inspired menu gave this fishing community the Cajun kick it desperately needed.
So what can you give such a wildly popular restaurant that seemingly has everything it needs?
How about more visibility, easier access and triple the seating room.
That’s exactly what Mrs. Lively’s has now that it has moved from Lake Dallas to nearby 1400 N. Corinth St. in Corinth. The new 3,850 square-foot location opened on August 10 across the street from NCTC. It boasts triple the seating capacity compared to the original location and a revamped look that includes live entertainment, both inside and on the outdoor patio, a bar, New Orleans and Mardi Gras-inspired decor that makes you feel like you’ve been transported to the heart of the bayou, and an expanded menu with items that’ll make your tastebuds do cartwheels in your mouth. And if that were not enough Louisiana-inspired ambiance, there’s even a grand piano to add a snapshot into Louisiana’s nightlife.
And the best part? The original location isn’t going away. While closed for the time being, Kevin plans to reopen the Lake Dallas spot under the new name, Mrs. Lively’s Catfish Whole.
That means there are TWO Mrs. Lively’s restaurants in the Lake Cities.
“From the moment I shared that I had the keys to this new place two and a half months ago, our social media has been blowing up,” Kevin said. “We have people telling us, ‘You’re so close to our house now.’ Had it not been for Lake Dallas, there’s no way we would have had the opportunity to do what we’re doing. But now we have more exposure.”
It’s hard to argue against the fact that Mrs. Lively’s has been a hidden gem for far too long. To get to the original location, patrons needed to exit the highway and travel all the way down Hundley Drive through the neighborhoods as if they were going to Willow Grove Park or the marina. If you didn’t know Mrs. Lively’s was back there, you’d miss it.
Granted, Kevin’s amazing menu was reason enough to help people find his restaurant, but that didn’t change the fact that one of the more common statements besides, “This food is delicious,” was “We had no idea you were here. How long have you been here?”
He won’t have that problem with the new location, as it is right off I-35 centrally located for existing and new customers.
“The amount of exposure is going to be tremendous,” he said.
And the food is still out of this world. Mrs. Lively’s is a full-tilt taste of the bayou Louisiana kitchen with an amazing variety of made-from-scratch Cajun meals that will satisfy any pallet. Every dish, whether it be their gumbo, crawfish, alligator ball basket, blackened fish, or boiled shrimp, is prepared daily with fresh ingredients and cooked with only the finest signature spices.
And let’s not forget about their mouth-watering desserts like pecan cobbler, buttermilk pie, and bread pudding.
Kevin only cooks up the best because that’s what Edith and Judy taught him from the time he was three years old. It was at that tender age that young Kevin would stand eagerly in a straight-back chair in front of the stove in his grandmother’s modest Louisiana kitchen and help her cook several of her many famous Cajun recipes.
They’d do everything from fry eggs and prepare out-of-this-world gumbo, shrimp, and jambalaya to bake homemade biscuits and desserts. The smells and soulful flavors from that kitchen are still strong in Kevin’s mind and heart today.
“They had the big bowls – you’d sift the flour, work the dough, and pinch the biscuits off. I remember doing all of that.”
Just hearing Kevin talk proves how much cooking and owning his own restaurant in a way that honors his family upbringing means to him. His goal is simply to offer a welcoming place where a family can come in and get a good meal, friends can enjoy each other’s company, and couples can dress up and come for a date night.
“People travel from everywhere just to eat with us. That means a lot to me,” he said.
Check out Mrs. Lively’s Cajun Konnection at their new location in Corinth and see what they’re cooking up!
photography by Your Candid Memories (YourCandidMemories.com)