Barcadia coming to Baton Rouge

Barcadia, a bar and grill that features classic video games, is set to open its second Louisiana location just outside LSU’s North Gates.

Andy Blouin and Sean Malone, who own the Serranos Salsa Co. location on Highland Road, announced they closed the 15-year-old Mexican restaurant on Sunday and will be involved in Barcadia Baton Rouge.

“We are pleased to be part of this new concept and the next evolution for this location,” said a note posted on the Serranos website.

Barcadia, which has locations in Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas, opened a location in the New Orleans Warehouse district last year. The bar gives adults a chance to play 1980s video games such as Frogger and Tron, while sipping on craft beers and cocktails. The popular Curbside hamburger truck from Baton Rouge provides food for the New Orleans Barcadia.

Nick Hufft, who owns Curbside, said he will run the kitchen at the Baton Rouge location. “It will be just like the New Orleans concept,” he said. “Burgers, beers and video games.”

Hufft said the plan is to open the Baton Rouge Barcadia before the fall semester starts at LSU. Along with the Barcadia location, the Curbside truck will return to Baton Rouge.

Blouin and Malone said they plan to focus on their other restaurant and bar locations through their company, Firebelly Concepts. Those locations include Blend Restaurant and Wine Bar, Boudreaux and Thibodaux’s and a new catering facility they plan to open on Third Street this fall.

Malone said in a statement on the website that Serranos could return to Baton Rouge. “This is a great concept with quality products and an awesome track record,” he said. “The history, community service and achievements of Serranos are evident and our goal is to keep that going.”