Ryan Pécot, owner of the MidCity Smokehouse in Tchoup

Our guest is Ryan Pécot, owner of Tchoup’s MidCity Smokehouse, a full-service barbecue restaurant and bar located at 117 S. College Road in Lafayette. Discover Lafayette is proud to partner with Eat Lafayette and Lafayette Travel to showcase this young entrepreneur whose creative concepts are redefining the “cool” culture of Lafayette.

Ryan’s work ethic started early in his life when he said he’d like a car and his dad, Kirby Pecot, told him to go get a job. He took an entry-level job at Outback Steakhouse emptying the bins and worked his way up to management and became a member of the chain’s training team. Today, Ryan’s typical workday is busy as he is also a senior retail leasing and development consultant at Stirling Properties, a career he began after graduating from UL-Lafayette in 2001, and as owner of the Paws & Paw Paw boarding/daycare centre. grooming facilities with his wife, Traci. Another business, Adopted Dog Brewing, is also slated to open soon at 329 Dulles Drive (near SLCC), which will be the first brewery within the Lafayette city limits.

Ryan and Traci have always enjoyed traveling and researching offbeat restaurants and brews on the road. Ryan calls himself a beer lover and a lover of good barbecue, so finding great local restaurants unexpectedly hidden in the middle of a neighborhood while on the road always brings joy. These adventures are what inspired Ryan to open Tchoup’s in downtown Lafayette, as he saw no one in Lafayette offering the unique combination of a barbecue, full-service bar and outdoor seating. exterior, all nestled in a 2600 square foot structure. which incorporates many welcoming elements of the original dwelling built decades ago.

As a seasoned commercial real estate agent, Ryan approached his restaurant location with the same special care he gives to all of his retail clients. Tchoup’s place was not chosen at random; it was selected specifically for its location in the heart of Lafayette, the “Mid City”, and Ryan hopes this moniker will become a trend with many more to follow. He thinks the side roads, what he calls “B” streets, off Johnston Street have something very special to offer residential neighborhoods that don’t usually have the option of a restaurant near by. at their home. He knew immediately that the Tchoup site was the perfect location for his original concept and did much of the carpentry work himself to maintain his vision. When you enter, you immediately feel at ease; Tchoup’s has a pleasant atmosphere that evokes memories of family reunions and festive occasions.

Tchoup’s opened its doors in June 2020 in the midst of a pandemic. Even with the incredible challenges posed by the closure, Tchoup’s has become a popular dining destination known for its cozy ambiance and being a friendly place to bring your dog. Tchoup’s even offers a full menu for your dog, including selections such as dog beers (broth-based) and dog treats such as Crunchy Rabbit, Jones’ Whole Pig Ear, or Hawaiian Luau Bites!

Tchoupitoulas inspired Tchoup’s MidCity Smokehouse. Ryan and his wife, Traci, are both dog lovers and opened Paws & Paw Paw’s boarding/daycare/grooming

Tchoup’s offerings are all “scratch”, meaning everything is freshly prepared from start to finish and of the highest quality. There is no freezer or microwave on site. Food is brought fresh and cooked fresh. Ryan opened up about how much he enjoys doing business with local vendors and filling a sausage basket every Tuesday at NuNu’s.

Ryan thanks other local restaurateurs for the great support they have given him. He teamed up with Gus Rezende and John Peterson of Social Entertainment, who helped him write his employee handbook and solve other startup issues.

The Burnt Bacon Ends are a huge hit and consist of pork belly with a special homemade rub, brown sugar and a sweet chili glaze. The “Whole Hog” is also a popular item for beginners who want a taste of all that Tchoup’s has to offer. Ryan loves salads, especially Tchoup’s Wedge Salad with Honey Lime Dressing. Traci Pécot is said to love smoked shrimp or turkey quesadillas!

In 2017, Ryan, alongside his wife, Traci, developed Paws & Paw Paw’s boarding/daycare/grooming as a full-time entrepreneurial opportunity for her. The maturing business now has a second location and is recognized as one of the best in class businesses in the Acadiana area.

For more information on Tchoup’s MidCity Smokehouse, please visit https://www.eatmidcitybbq.com/ or their Facebook page. Thanks to Ryan Pécot for enriching our options with delicious American BBQ, craft beers, fine whiskeys and jois de vive!

Lafayette, Louisiana offers a plethora of local restaurants that serve a plethora of delicious cuisines, including the smoky barbecue at Tchoup’s MidCity Smokehouse!. For an overview of all our regional offerings, visit https://www.lafayettetravel.com/eatlafayette/ to find out what may suit your palate!

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