Walk-On’s is changing its restaurant plans for downtown Baton Rouge.
The company, which had planned on opening a smaller-sized Walk-On’s Halfcourt on Third Street in November, will instead expand its existing Happy’s Irish Pub into the space in the Lee Overton Building. Walk-On’s is searching for a larger downtown space for its first Halfcourt.
“We still believe Walk-On’s Halfcourt is a perfect fit for downtown,” said Brandon Landry, co-owner and co-founder of Walk-On’s Enterprises. “We just need more space, at least enough to comfortably seat 100 guests at a time.”
The change was made after design and architectural teams determined that the building at 132 Third St. had seating for only 60 diners. Instead of becoming a restaurant, the Happy’s addition will feature bar games, such as pool tables, golf simulators, shuffle board and darts.
“We’re still investing in a major remodeling of the Lee Overton Building to create an expanded Happy’s Irish Pub with an adjacent party gaming area, and we’re still committed to bringing our Halfcourt concept to the downtown area,” said Scott Taylor, president and chief operating officer of Walk-On’s Enterprises.
Walk-On’s has said it plans to use the Halfcourt restaurant, which will be about a third the size of a typical Walk-On’s location with a smaller menu of about 20 dishes, as a model for future development in downtown areas and airports.
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