Walk-On’s Enterprises sold its catering business Tuesday to further intensify its focus on growing the company's Walk-On's Bistreaux & Bar restaurant chain.
The Baton Rouge company sold the catering business to Wayne Stabiler Companies. The catering company is in Baton Rouge and is not connected to Walk-On's Enterprises' separate restaurant operations.
In a news release, Walk-On's Enterprises founder and owner Brandon Landry said the move will allow the company "to solely focus on franchising and growth of Walk-On's Bistreaux & Bar."
Fritz Carville, president of Walk-On's Catering, said the transition of the acquisition will take place over the next four months from Walk-On's Catering to Catering Cajun and Le Creole Catering, two of Stabiler's companies.
"These companies are top notch and will bring guests even more delicious offerings, including upscale options," Carville said in the release.
Day-to-day operations of Walk-On's Catering will remain the same during the transition.
Homing in on the restaurant's growth and building more locations has been in the works for Walk-On's since 2014. At that time, the group sold the downtown bar and venue, The Roux House. Two years later, Walk-On's sold its other downtown bar, Happy Irish's Pub.
Walk-On's currently has 16 locations, including four in Baton Rouge, two in New Orleans and one in Lafayette. The restaurant has grown into Texas, with locations in Lubbock, San Antonio and Tyler. More Walk-On's locations are coming soon to Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas and Louisiana "with several additional markets across the Southern U.S. likewise on the drawing board," according to the release.
The past few years have also been busy for Wayne Stabiler. This year, the Baton Rouge restaurateur opened Stab's Prime Steak & Seafood on Jefferson Highway. In 2016, Stabiler opened the upscale Italian restaurant Palermo Ristorante, also located on Jefferson Highway.
Stabiler also owns Stab's Steak & Seafood in Central and The Little Village in downtown Baton Rouge and on Airline Highway.
Stabiler's Le Creole restaurant moved out of its location on East Petroleum Drive and became Shucks!, which specialized in oysters and fried seafood dishes. However, the owners of Shucks! decided not to renew the lease on the Baton Rouge location and closed in August.