Brad Watts, Chad Hughes and Edwin Edwards will own the restaurant underneath the Perkins Road overpass. Watts and Hughes own the downtown River Room together, while Hughes and Edwards, the grandson of former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards, own Ivar’s.
Watts said the name and concept of the new restaurant are still being worked out because he just signed a lease for the property on Tuesday. He’s negotiating with a chef, architects and a contractor. The restaurant won’t be a sports bar because that would cannibalize business at Ivar’s, he said.
“It will be comfortable and nice,” Watts said. “It won’t be formal or fine dining. It will be a happy medium and something different that will be popular with folks on that side of town.”
The plan is to have live music at the restaurant three to four nights a week on the left side of the business, Watts said. A bar also will be set up on that side, so customers can have a drink while they wait for a table or for other members of their dining party to arrive.
Watts said the owners are looking at expanding the patio and moving the entrance to the building. Interior construction should start April 1, with the restaurant opening in late August or early September, he said.
“The building needs some attention,” he said.
Chelsea’s closed at the end of 2015 after nearly 10 years in business at the Perkins Road overpass. While the restaurant and live music venue was a Baton Rouge favorite because of its food and the national touring acts that stopped to play there, owner Dave Remmetter pulled the plug on Chelsea’s because of difficulties in renegotiating a lease.
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