The wait is over.
Roux 61, a seafood and steak restaurant that started in Natchez about four years ago, has opened in Baton Rouge in the former location of Boutin’s Restaurant at 8832 Bluebonnet Blvd.
Co-owner Jason Lees said Roux 61 hosted its soft opening last night, and they were ready to rock and roll with opening today. Business hours for Roux 61 are 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Saturday.
Much renovation was done to the space. Old banquet rooms with accordion doors have been transformed in spacious seating areas. The walls are covered in Louisiana-style paintings and signage.
The restaurant has room for more than 280 patrons inside. Once the spring weather returns, Roux 61 will have space for about 40 more patrons outside on the porch.
Roux 61 also has an oyster bar, serving the Gulf coast seafood treat raw and chargrilled. Right next to that is the restaurant’s bar, which has room for about 30 patrons at the countertop. Roux 61 offers Old Fashioneds and Sazeracs as well as its take on a Moscow Mule (called the Natchez Mule here) and the margarita (called the Roux Rita).
On the food side, Roux 61 has everything from 16-ounce ribeyes to club sandwiches and seafood po-boys. One dish that caught my eye was the seafood muffaletta, which features fried catfish, shrimp and oysters topped with provolone cheese and olive salad. Check out the full menu.
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