Rita Evacuee Finding Success in the Brazos Valley


It has almost been a year since Hurricane Rita swept through the gulf coast.

As many residents rebuild their lives, one Rita evacuee has found success in the Brazos Valley.

A year ago Gordon Abbott had no idea he would be living in College Station, much less owning a successful restaurant.

Abbott evacuated from Lake Charles when Hurricane Rita severely damaged his house and uprooted his life.

"It's something I didn't want to go through again," Abbott said. "I saw a lot of of people I knew who lost everything they had. I thought it's time to get out of here, and I didn't want to live through that again."

That's when Gordon decided he needed a change. In January he moved to the Brazos Valley and teamed up with a long-time friend. Together they opened "Crazy Cajuns."

"It's been good for Gordan and I both," Crazy Cajun co-owner Joe Petitjean said. "It's a positive good outcome of the hurricane damage."

And the Brazos Valley has warmed up to the Crazy Cajuns style of cooking

What started as a window service, has spicy food lovers flocking to Wellborn from as far as Louisiana.

It's a success story that's changed Gordon's life.

"My life has totally turned around," Abbott said. "I would have never dreamed a year ago I would be doing this, living in College Station with my own restaurant. Rita has changed my life."

And ironically, for the better.

Crazy Cajuns is located in Wellborn and it specializes in boiled seafood. It's open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to close.


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