Bud's Broiler, 4343 Nicholson Drive. Projected opening: February.
The No. 1 question I get? "When's Bud's Broiler opening in Baton Rouge?" Owner Mel Ziegler has been hearing that a lot, too. He says he's shooting for a February opening to bring those Crescent City charbroiled burgers to the capital city. The Nicholson Drive location will have some craft beers on tap as well as bottled beers and a few surprises on the menu. Ziegler wasn't quite ready to divulge the details but says he's excited for the expansion.
Also, LSU football fans who had a Bud's Broiler's burger at Tiger Stadium will be happy to hear the burger joint is looking to return next season. Maybe keeping Bud's Broiler around will help the team establish a successful offense. At the least, fans will stay past the second quarter. ... Too soon?