Baton Rouge's food scene is kicking off 2017 with a bang. Two new restaurants will open Friday, Jan. 6.
Kalurah Street Grill, a new restaurant from chef Kelley McCann formerly of Galatoire's Bistro, will open in the former location of Chelsea's Cafe. Brad Watts and Chad Hughes are co-owners with McCann on the restaurant at 2857 Perkins Road. Watts owns The River Room downtown. Hughes owns Ivar's Sports Bar & Grill.
Business hours at Kalurah Street Grill are tentatively set from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday for brunch service.
McCann said the menu will have new, different flavors. Patrons can expect moderately priced dishes that are lighter.
Also opening Friday is Cocha. The downtown restaurant features global flavors and is located at 445 N. Sixth St.
Some of the menu items at lunch include bibimbap, steak panini, arepa (or traditional Venezuelan stuffed corn cake), soups and salads. For dinner, the restaurant is serving seasonal bites, small plates, and larger plates such as duck gnocchi, a roasted vegetable paella, and steak roulade.
Cocha's business hours are tentatively set for 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.