A Baton Rouge entertainment destination is adding a chef and nearly 300-seat restaurant with a bar and patio.
Quarters (4530 S. Sherwood Forest Blvd.) is currently in a remodeling phase, adding a restaurant to its space to be called The Grind. In the kitchen is chef/kitchen manager Joey Graves, who has experience at Nino’s, Stroubes, and Portabello’s, to name a few.
The restaurant and remodeling will be complete before the end of the year. Quarters general manager Keidrick Alford said the idea to add the restaurant came up last year.
“The space was already there for the restaurant,” Alford said. “We wanted to give the guests a culinary experience as well as the entertainment experience.”
At The Grind, customers will have 20 beer taps, ample booth seating and a menu with pizza, wings and burgers. The restaurant is an additional 3,000 square feet to an establishment that is already 40,000 square feet in size.
The restaurant will grind all its meats in house, Graves said. Chef Scott Varnedoe of Restaurant IPO referred Graves to Quarters, and days later, Graves got the job.
“What interested me about the job was opening a brand new space,” Graves said. “The idea of opening a 300-seat place is intimidating and exciting at the same time.”
Alford said that in its three years, Quarters has grown from being a birthday party spot for children into a hangout for young adults. The addition of The Grind will only help as Quarters continues to diversify its audience.
“This completes the puzzle in regards to a complete concept,” Alford said. “We do well, but we’re looking to do even better.”
Quarters is still open during the remodeling the process. Business hours are 11 a.m. to midnight Sunday-Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday.
The venue has arcade games, bowling lanes and a laser tag arena. Since opening, Quarters has had a small eatery and bar with 8 beer taps in its complex. During remodeling, Quarters will continue to serve a limited menu.
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