Last year, a Canyon Country night spot made headlines when it became a “Bar Rescue” assignment, where reality TV show expert Jon Taffer, among other things, changed its name from Grinders to The Cajun Belle.
This year, the Mardi Gras themed bar is changing hands. Stacey Shaw is bringing more than 25 years of bartending experience to the business, and literally “pouring” her own ideas into the already busy bar.
“I’m keeping everything pretty much the same — the only thing different is there’s a lot more stock there,” Shaw said. “There’s going to be an expanded collection of beers and spirits.”
She’s put more than $3,000 and hours and hours into her new business. “I saved and saved — my goal was to buy my own bar,” Shaw said.
She signed up with a brokerage firm, which sent her an alert when The Cajun Belle went up for sale. A main feature she was looking for was a bar with a full liquor license. “One of the big draws was the entertainment license, because you can have live music,” Shaw said, tying it to her expertise. “I actually have a degree in sound engineering.”
The Cajun Belle will host a big event on Saturday, September 2 beginning at 10 p.m. Members of the community who are over 21 are invited to the bar to hear “Arizona Bay,” a tribute to the band Tool. There is no cover charge, and there will be pizza and wings for purchase.
Shaw plans to showcase local bands and hold frequent “80s nights.” There is karaoke with DJ Donnie Do every Thursday and Saturday 9 p.m.-1 a.m., except when there’s a special event. And she’s a huge L.A. Kings fan, so customers will be tuned in during hockey season. The Cajun Belle is open every night from 4 p.m.-2 a.m. and it is located at 18283 Soledad Canyon Road in Canyon Country. For more information, see The Cajun Belle’s Facebook site or email Stacey Shaw at THECBelle@gmail.com.