Durand "Coosh" Willis and his wife,
Margaret, are the owner-operators
of Coosh's Bayou Rouge. Both are Louisiana transplants.
grew up in Gonzales, the Jambalaya Capital of the Word, located a
stone's throw from the banks of the Mississippi River between
New Orleans and Baton Rouge.
Margaret is a Baton Rouge belle,
born and raised. Despite growing up only miles apart they
actually met in Colorado on a ski trip during Mardi Gras break
The spring fling turned into much more and the couple
wed in 1985.
They have three children, Logan, Sloan, and Sydney.
The restaurant bug first bit Coosh during his college years
working as a waiter for one of Louisiana's finest seafood
establishments, Ralph and Kacco's. Since then he has managed or
owned a variety of restaurants from national chains like Wendys
and Steak'n'Shake to local eateries.
Long-time residents of
Tallahassee will remember the well-loved restaurant, The Mill
Eatery and Brewery, best known for its mammoth and delicious muffins.
Coosh was co-owner and operator of The Mill during the 1990s.
Fulfilling a dream to bring authentic south Louisiana food to
Tallahassee, Coosh and Margaret opened Bayou Rouge in 2001.
Diners can enjoy Cajun favorites like Crawfish Etouffee, Jambalaya, or Red Beans and Rice in a friendly, laid-back environment.
All Cajuned out?
Try the best burger in town, or chicken wings, or maybe a healthy salad but make sure to save room for a special dessert like Margaret's Honkin' Chocolate Cake.
Coosh's Bayou Rouge...good food, good folks, good times...Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez!