Walk-On’s and Stroubes, two popular Baton Rouge restaurants, will open locations in the Juban Crossing development later this year.
They will be joined by six new retailers: Dress Barn, GNC, LA Nails, Mattress Firm, Maurice’s and Verizon. The new stores will be opening in the near future; Mattress Firm could be open as early as next week.
Stephen Keller, a principal in Creekstone Companies, which is developing the $350 million center at the intersection of Interstate 12 and Juban Road, said restaurants are something Livingston Parish residents wanted to see in the development.
“The main question we’ve received since we broke ground, ‘When will we see new restaurants?’,” Keller said. “Our answer is, ‘Soon, very soon!’ ”
Stroubes Grille will open in the summer. The 8,000-square-foot restaurant is a casual fine-dining establishment. Items from the menu will be drawn from the Stroubes restaurant in downtown Baton Rouge as well as its sister eatery, Capital City Grill.
John Schneider, one of the owners of the Stroubes Restaurant Group, which is developing the restaurant, said the menu will be a mix of Capital City Grill lunch dishes along with steaks and seafood. “It will be a blending of the two concepts,” he said.
Work on the 7,500-square-foot Walk-On’s is scheduled to begin in April and the restaurant hopes to be open by the end of the year. The restaurant will feature the hamburgers, po-boys and gumbo found at the chain’s locations in Baton Rouge, Lafayette and New Orleans, as well as some new dishes. The restaurant also will feature an air-conditioned patio and will have 50 draft beers on tap.
“We feel like the Juban Crossing area is a great market with lots of traffic, incredible opportunity and perfect for our concept,” said Brandon Landry, co-owner and founder of Walk-On’s. “We are very excited to be a part of this great development and feel like it will only enhance our brand.”
Walk-On’s has four locations, with restaurants in Zachary and Houma set to open in the fall.
Additional stores, including Michael’s, Ross, Ulta and Shoe Carnival are expected to open in Juban Crossing in the first quarter. The 11-screen Movie Tavern, which will feature first-run movies and sell beer, wine, mixed drinks and food, will break ground in March with an opening date in late summer or early fall.
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