Table Kitchen and Bar, which plans to offer a constantly changing menu of farm-to-table dishes, has signed a lease to move into Southdowns Village Shopping Center in the space most recently occupied by Portico.
Table Kitchen and Bar is making a number of alterations to the space and hopes to open as early as March, said Scott Wilson, who will own the restaurant with his wife, Michelle.
“Baton Rouge will see something very new, very different,” Wilson said. “We intend to re-create the wheel.”
The restaurant will serve farm-fresh ingredients and locally sourced meat, Wilson said. The menu will change daily, based on the season and what ingredients the restaurant is able to get its hands on. “We’re gearing to try and get away from the large corporate food distributors,” he said. “We’re going to sell food grown by local people to create dishes locals will enjoy.”
While the dishes will be rotating, the food will have “a Southern flair to it,” he said. In addition to traditional offerings such as chicken, pork, fish and steak, the restaurant also will have featured selections of game and charcuterie.
Wilson said he’s been working on the plans for Table Kitchen and Bar for more than a year. He’s assembled a consulting group to help him plan the restaurant. Together, the team has 30 to 40 years of restaurant experience.
Along with the farm-to-table dishes, Table Kitchen and Bar will sell cocktails, wine and craft beers. There will be a unique list of wines and cocktails, along with traditional favorite drinks.
While Southdowns Village features the popular restaurants Thai Kitchen and The Bulldog, in the past four years, three restaurants have been in the space Table Kitchen and Bar is moving into.
Alex Knight, of Donnie Jarreau Real Estate, which owns and leases Southdowns Village, said the upscale but relaxed atmosphere of Table Kitchen and Bar will fit in with the shopping center and the surrounding neighborhood.
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