Brad Watts and the team behind Kalurah Street Grill, The River Room and Ivar's Sports Bar will take over more spaces in downtown Baton Rouge.

Watts announced Tuesday that he plans to open a sports bar, Creole restaurant and event space within the next months.

The sports bar, to be called The Bengal Taproom, will go into the old Draft House space, which closed in October. Plans are to open the bar in the next couple of weeks. The Bengal Taproom will offer 40 beers on tap and a menu with burgers, chicken wings and cheese fries.

Food for The Bengal Taproom will come out of the kitchen of the old Restaurant IPO, which closed in August 2016. The IPO space will reopen early next year with the new name and concept Cecilia.

Cecilia is named after Ivar's, River Room and Kalurah Street Grill co-owner Chad Hughes' grandmother. The new restaurant will offer Creole dishes, and its kitchen will be led by chef Kelley McCann, the executive chef at Kalurah Street Grill.

Both The Bengal Taproom and Cecilia will be open for lunch. 

The upscale event space will take the place of the old Office bar. An early January opening is also in the works. The space will have room for events, receptions and rehearsal dinners.

Louisiana Street Food Festival coming in January

Street food chefs will gather in Baton Rouge for the inaugural Louisiana Street Food Festival in January. 

The event starts at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, at the River Plaza by the USS Kidd. Grammy-nominated Cajun band Lost Bayou Ramblers will perform at 1 p.m. 

The free festival will feature more than 20 vendors from across Louisiana, including Fete au Fete of the upcoming White Star Market, Mr. Ronnie's Famous Hot Donuts, The Cajun Spoon, Cochon Cannery of Breaux Bridge and Rouge A Roux's from Denham Springs. 

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Rock n Roll Sushi opens second location 

Sushi with a classic rock edge is now available near the intersection of Perkins Road and South Acadian Thruway.

Rock n Roll Sushi has opened its second Baton Rouge location at 3627 Perkins Road in the Acadian Perkins Plaza shopping center. The first location, at 7949 Jefferson Highway, opened in May.

The restaurant features sushi rolls named after bands like the Beatles, Fleetwood Mac, and, of course, Pearl Jam. Guests are also treated to round-the-clock classic rock videos and music while eating.

Business hours for the new location are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For more information, call (225) 960-7779 or visit

Now open: KC's Grill 

KC's Grill has opened its Baton Rouge location in the former City Pork Kitchen & Pie, at 6721 Exchequer Drive. 

The restaurant offers breakfast and lunch as well as daily specials, soups and slices of homemade pies. Expect some Louisiana favorites like crawfish fettuccine and fried catfish as well as homemade meatloaf for daily specials. 

Business hours are 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call (225) 248-6453 or visit

ICYMI: Southfin to open second location, Dearman's to reopen soon 

A budding business will expand, and an old favorite is hoping to reopen before the end of the year. 

Trey Williams, owner of Southfin Southern Poké, announced earlier this month that he and his team would open a second location on Corporate Boulevard by mid-February. The new location will take over the space currently occupied by Popcorn Bistro, which will close after the first of the year.  

Dearman's, a popular burger and soda shop that has been closed since February 2016 due to $500,000 worth of fire damage, could reopen "before the first of the year," according to manager Casey Evans. 

"We're knocking on the door," Evans said. "We're finishing up some cosmetic stuff and tidying up the rest of the place. It's all in its final stages here." 

Timothy Boone contributed to this report.

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