Remodeling has started on the old Exchequer Restaurant building with plans for it to open in late summer or early fall as a third version of the popular local chain, City Pork.

City Pork Kitchen and Pie at 6721 Exchequer Drive will be a restaurant and a catering/commissary kitchen for City Pork and City Pork II restaurants, said Trey Williams, a co-owner of the chain.

Williams said the kitchens at City Pork, near the Perkins Road Overpass, and City Pork II, on Jefferson Highway, are small relative to the amount of food produced in both buildings.

“This will give us the opportunity to work more efficiently as a multi-concept restaurant group, and will also allow us to expand our catering operations, which have been growing exponentially over the last few months,” he said.

Along with serving as a kitchen for the City Pork restaurants, Williams said the new eatery will offer a selection of ready-to-cook specialty meats and family dinners that customers can pick up on their way home.

City Pork Kitchen and Pie will have a menu centered around country breakfasts, plate lunches, sandwiches and salads — the same dishes that were popular at The Exchequer and the longtime restaurant that was previously there, Samuel’s.

“We will be updating the menu and giving it our own twist, but we will be keeping some of the favorites that have brought customers back to this location for 30 years,” Williams said.

One new addition will be homemade pies, which will be available for sale whole or by the slice. “We feel that a good pie shop is badly needed in Baton Rouge,” Williams said. “You can find amazing pie shops all across Louisiana, but where in Baton Rouge can you go to get a good homemade pie?”

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