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Cajun food arrives in Mitchell

Mike Dye walks around his trailer Monday as he and Sherrannia Billiot prepare to open their food stand, Touch of Cajun, at 315 E. Havens Ave. in Mitchell. (Sean Ryan/Republic)

Two Louisiana natives are bringing Cajun-style cooking to Mitchell. Sherrannia Billiot and Michael Dye are the owners of Touch of Cajun, a Cajunstyle seafood business that will be operated out of a trailer at 315 E. Havens Ave. The business plans to open today. “We’re going to be bringing fresh Louisiana seafood into the area, which we realized you all didn’t have here,” Billiot said. Billiot and Dye both recently moved from Louisiana, where they said they ran a fresh seafood supply business, to South Dakota. The business partners now live in Emery.

 During a noon meeting Monday in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 612 N. Main St., the Mitchell Planning and Zoning Commission approved the the partners’ plan for the business.

 Touch of Cajun will be located in the city’s Highway Business District, which made it necessary for the commission to review the plan.

 The focus of the business will be on using fresh seafood, shipped by semi straight from the docks in Louisiana.

 “Everything you have comes in frozen and it’s processed.” Billiot said. “We’re going to bring it fresh from Louisiana.”

Mike Dye holds a handful of fresh shrimp from Louisiana he and Sherrannia Billiot plan to use for their new business in Mitchell, Touch of Cajun. The food stand opens today at 315 E. Havens Ave. (Sean Ryan/Republic)

Touch of Cajun will serve fried shrimp and fried crawfish, stuffed shrimp and stuffed crab, crab patties, fried oysters, alligator meat and snow cones, according to Billiot. The business will also sell bulk seafood — including shrimp and crawfish — when it’s available.

 Customers will order from a walk-up window at the trailer, Billiot said. An adjacent building will be used for storage and won’t be open to the public.

 “Nothing is made ahead of time,” Billiot said. “Everything is made while you’re waiting for it.”

 Touch of Cajun will typically be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The business will be open year-round, weather permitting, Billiot said.