Drago’s Seafood Restaurant recently confirmed it would be closing its Lafayette location, and as of this weekend they are permanently closed. Drago's has been open for six years at the corner of Johnston Street and Doucet—and while this spot has seen various businesses come and go, it wants everyone to know that the location had nothing to do with the doors closing for good.

Drago’s posted a recent message to Facebook clarifying that its closure is due to economic reasons, not the location’s history.

Drago's official last day was this past Saturday, February 17, 2024. In the Facebook post, Drago’s thanked the Acadiana community and local partners for their support. The post explicitly addressed rumors about the location, stating that the restaurant's closure was due to rising food costs and current economic conditions, not because the location is problematic.

Drago’s emphasized that these challenges are not unique to them but affect many restaurants in Lafayette. The message aimed to correct any misconceptions about the site being "cursed" or particularly difficult for businesses.

As Drago’s leaves, there is curiosity about what will happen next to the property. The discussion has moved away from superstitions to focus on the economic realities facing businesses in the area and potential business ideas that would be ideal for the busy Johnston Street corner.

Drago’s expressed hope for the future of the location as there is already an extensive list of ideas from residents that has been compiled, showing there is clearly an interest in what comes next.

We wish Drago's the best of luck at the other locations as they bid their final farewell to Lafayette, making room for what is to come next.

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