A pair of New Orleans restaurant owners plan to open the Canefield Tavern, which bills itself as a Southern kitchen and bar, in the old Brew-Bacher’s Grill space on Nicholson Drive in Baton Rouge.
The Canefield Tavern is set to open by the first or second week of October at 5251 Nicholson. It will be open seven days a week, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, said David Smith, one of the owners. The restaurant will serve a mix of Southern dishes, including made-to-order fried chicken, shrimp and grits, fresh vegetable dishes, “a killer carrot cake” and salads.
“We’re going to serve classic Southern dishes,” Smith said. “We’re going to have a small amount of seafood, but stay away from having a lot of fried dishes because we’re so close to Mike Anderson’s.”
The Canefield Tavern also will have a bar, with an emphasis on Louisiana and Mississippi craft beers and small-batch bourbon and whiskey. There will be an espresso machine in the bar, so in the mornings the tavern can sell coffee and espresso to students, faculty and employees headed to LSU.
About 30 people are expected to work in the restaurant. Lunches will be $12 and under, while most dinners will cost $16 or less, Smith said.
Smith and his business partner, Doug Hary, own five restaurants in the French Quarter and Central Business District: Vacherie, Eat New Orleans, Café Conti, Café at the Square and Between the Bread. Smith also co-owns South of the Border, a longtime St. Francisville restaurant and lounge.
They had been looking to diversify when Smith heard about Brew-Bacher’s closing its Nicholson location. The longtime bar and grill shut down at the end of May after being open for more than 30 years because of concerns about what the pending expansion of Nicholson would do to its business.