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The Missing Link gourmet hot dog restaurant opens in downtown Shreveport


A video tour of The Missing Link restaurant, now open at 504 Texas St. in downtown Shreveport. Tiana Kennell/The Times

The Missing Link restaurant is open and serving gourmet sausages, hot dogs and other signature dishes in downtown Shreveport. 

Brady Crenshaw and Cade Horn, co-owners of The Missing Link food truck, renovated the first floor of the Hutchison building at 504 Texas St. to house their brick and mortar restaurant.

The Missing Link food truck debuted in 2013 with occasional pop-up appearances at area events, businesses and then from the parking lot next to what is their downtown restaurant. 

As of this week, customers will be able to get more of The Missing Link on a consistent basis at its permanent location. The Missing Link will be open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday for lunch and from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday for dinner.  

“We’d love this to be a staple place for downtown and for people to come for lunch or after work,” Crenshaw said. “Come grab a beer, a dog and hang out with friends and have a good time.”¬†¬†

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Food truck service has been halted so the partners may focus on the opening of the restaurant, but Crenshaw expects they will continue catering services at a later date. 

The Missing Link’s interior reflects a blended industrial-steampunk style from its exposed brick walls to steel light scones and chandelier. Translation of “steampunk”: futuristic Victorian era.

“We tried to take a little bit of a steampunk element and mix it with the historical element of the building and downtown,” Horn said.¬†

Old photos of the Hutchinson building and other downtown buildings on Texas Street hang on the wall, dating back as far as 1910, he said.

A blueprint of the Hutchison building is on display under glass on a table¬†at the restaurant’s entrance.¬†

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The Missing Link offers fast-casual, family-friendly dining. Guests place orders at the service counter and receive an order number before taking their seat at any of the available tables, booths or bar. A runner serves customers and buses tables.

“We kept all of our original items from the food truck and brought back the mac-n-cheese dog we used to do,” Horn said.¬†

Main courses range from about $5 to $10. Side orders range from $4 to $8 and are typically enough to fill up a diner, Horn said. 


The entree options include gourmet hot dogs, sausage varieties, salads and a vegan brat and burger. Side orders include an array of fries, onion rings and chips flavors.

Featured non-alcoholic beverages are by Stubborn Soda ‚ÄĒ made with 100 percent real sugar, no high corn fructose, and include “cool” flavors, Crenshaw said. Flavors include agave vanilla cream, black cherry and tarragon, and classic root beer.¬†

Great Raft Brewing is the only beer available at the bar. But the partners later will add more taps of domestic and international craft beer options, plus wine. 


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Menu highlights

Chorizo Con Huevos (Horn’s pick). An all-beef frank topped with cheddar cheese, chorizo, fried egg, green onions and Sriracha hot sauce.¬†

The Chicago (Crenshaw’s pick).¬†A quarter-pound all-beef frank topped with tomatoes, pickle spear, sweet relish, onions, sport peppers, yellow mustard and celery salt.¬†

D.B.L.T. Duck bacon, iceberg lettuce, tomato, red onion, hard-boiled egg and avocado poblano dressing. 

Rosemary and garlic fries. French fries tossed in fresh rosemary and garlic.

If you go

What: The Missing Link

Where: 504 Texas St., suite 100, downtown Shreveport

Hours: 11 a.m. Р2 p.m. Monday РSaturday (lunch)

 5:30 p.m. Р9 p.m. Thursday РSaturday (dinner)

info: (318) 751-5820 or

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