The owners of Beausoleil Restaurant and Bar have purchased the popular downtown eatery Christina’s Restaurant but plan on making few changes to the popular breakfast and lunch spot.
Christina Bannister, who founded the restaurant at 320 St. Charles St. in October 1994, died in January at the age of 60. Her family continued to operate Christina’s but sought local owners to take over the restaurant. The sale price was not disclosed.
“We have always loved Christina’s. It has been one of our favorite breakfast spots in Baton Rouge for years,” said Jeff Conaway, managing partner of Beausoleil. “We are pleased and proud that the Bannister family is entrusting the Beausoleil team with the future of Christina’s and look forward to honoring that legacy and serving the people of Baton Rouge for years to come.”
Conaway said the plan is to keep all of the Christina’s employees and maintain the restaurant’s consistency. That means keeping the focus on traditional breakfast dishes, po-boys, salads and plate lunches, with such home-style favorites as fried chicken, meatloaf and beef tips. Those dishes are popular with downtown workers, especially the employees at the nearby 19th Judicial District Courthouse and Beauregard Town residents.
Some updates may be made to the restaurant’s interior and the hours may be extended. Christina’s closes at 3 p.m. on weekdays and is closed Sundays, but Conaway said a Sunday brunch may be added, along with a happy hour on weekdays.
Beausoleil, which recently marked its fifth anniversary, was founded by executive chef Nathan Gresham, Conaway, Michael Boudreaux and Kenny Juban. The restaurant has won acclaim for its menu, which features upscale Louisiana and Southern fare, made from fresh, local ingredients.