Drago’s Seafood Restaurant, the New Orleans eatery best known for its charbroiled oysters, is looking at opening locations in Baton Rouge and Lafayette.
A location for the Lafayette restaurant should be announced “in the next couple of days,” said Ron St. Pierre, a spokesman for Drago’s. That restaurant should open later this year.
Drago’s is also interested in opening a Baton Rouge restaurant, possibly as part of a mixed-use development that would be built off Highland Road in front of the Country Club of Louisiana.
“We are interested in that piece of property, but we are strictly in the negotiation phase,” St. Pierre said. While Baton Rouge is a priority market, a Drago’s wouldn’t open in the city before 2016.
Plans are in the works to build a 45,000- to 55,000-square-foot mixed-use development in front of the Country Club, on the side of State Bank and Trust, said Robby Durham, broker/owner of Durham Real Estate, who is handling the leasing for the property. Durham said while the development is in the early stages, there is “a lot of interest.”
Plans are to have a combination of commercial businesses on the property, along with some “penthouse-sized suites.” The breakdown between commercial and residential space has yet to be determined. “It all depends on what would be the highest and best use,” Durham said. “We’re looking at three to four different layouts.”
There have been rumors of Drago’s opening a Baton Rouge restaurant over the past several years.
Drago’s was opened in 1969 by Drago and Klara Cvitanovich. The restaurant has three locations: the original location on North Arnoult Road in Metairie, in the Hilton New Orleans and in a Hilton in Jackson, Mississippi.
The Jackson restaurant opened in December, around the same time the Cvitanovichs opened a new casual dining restaurant in Metairie, Drago’s Firehouse Grill. Along with the rich, garlicky charbroiled oysters, Drago’s is also known for its gumbo and lobster dishes.
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