If Samuel L. Jackson’s character from “Jurassic Park” were in Baton Rouge this week reading restaurant news, he probably would have said, “Hold onto your butts.”
To say it was a busy week is an understatement. Here’s a quick look at what happened food-wise in the Capital City.
Quarters to expand, add The Grind
Quarters, an entertainment destination that features arcade games and a laser tag arena, will add a 3,000-square-foot restaurant to its existing 40,000 square feet of space. Chef/kitchen manager Joey Graves will be in charge of the restaurant, called The Grind.
The restaurant will have 300 seats, an outdoor patio and a bar with 20 beer taps. Graves, who has experience at Nino’s and Stroubes, said the menu will feature smoked chicken wings, pizzas and burgers.
“We wanted to give the guests a culinary experience, as well as the entertainment experience,” Quarters general manager Keidrick Alford said. “This completes the puzzle.”
Quarters will remain open during the remodeling process, which could be done before the end of the year. Current business hours are 11 a.m. to midnight Sunday-Thursday and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday. For more information, visit quartersentertainment.com.
Dearman’s is returning
Burger fans, rejoice! Dearman’s, the popular hamburger joint that was heavily damaged by an electrical fire, will reopen in Bocage Village.
Dearman’s owner David Van Gelder said the goal is to reopen by Sept. 1 but mentioned an opening could happen sooner or later, depending on “moving parts.” The restaurant will be rebuilt “pretty much like it was” before the fire, he added.
“We look forward to many years of providing the great food and family atmosphere so many people have come to enjoy,” he said.
Cajun Spoon gives back
Baton Rouge’s The Cajun Spoon has donated more than 12,000 meals to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank as part of its 1-for-1 policy.
Co-owners Ryan Grizzaffi and his fiancée, Kristin Seneca, said in a news release that the food was delivered last Friday and will be used in the Senior Giveaway, where boxes of assorted food items are distributed to participants.
“In a way, through the policy, we are all giving back to the community, because the people who purchased our product are allowing us to donate these meals,” Grizzaffi said.
Table Kitchen & Bar temporarily closes
A restaurant in Southdowns Village Shopping Center is taking a brief, but needed, hiatus. Table Kitchen & Bar is temporarily closed to work on plumbing issues.
Owner Scott Wilson said the restaurant is working with its landlord and insurance company to resolve the issues. Wilson added that he hopes to open in two to three weeks, but it could be longer.
“We are definitely not closing,” he said. “The restaurant has been doing well. These are issues we knew we had. Our landlord has been phenomenal in helping us out.”
New to Main Street: Red Stick Spice Co.’s bigger space, Chef Celeste’s Bistro
Downtown’s Main Street Market is buzzing with newness. Red Stick Spice Company announced earlier this week that it doubled its space for more tastings.
The new, larger space is across from the recently renovated and opened Chef Celeste’s Bistro, operated by chef Celeste Gill.
Gill’s restaurant will offer paninis, salads and soups in addition to a rotating line of Louisiana-inspired classics. Business hours for the bistro are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays, and 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays.
Follow Matthew Sigur on Twitter, @MatthewSigur. Timothy Boone contributed to this report.