Burgersmith plans to open a Juban Crossing location by the end of the year, the third restaurant to sign a lease for space in the mixed-use development in Denham Springs.

Angie Doyle, director of marketing for Lafayette-based Burgersmith, said the restaurant will be similar in size to the location at Perkins Road and Acadian Thruway in Baton Rouge. More than 20 people will work at the restaurant.

“Juban Crossing is an up-and-coming area that we feel is going to be a prosperous area for Denham Springs,” she said. “We wanted to get in on the ground floor.”

Burgersmith is set to open its second Baton Rouge restaurant in early summer on Siegen Lane. Once that location is open, Doyle said the company will shift gears and focus on Juban Crossing.

Burgersmith opened its first Baton Rouge location in October 2011 in Acadian-Perkins Plaza. The restaurant offers “hand-crafted hamburgers” on fresh bakery buns and a lineup of Louisiana craft beers.

“Our focus is on fresh local products,” Doyle said. Over the past few years, fast-casual “better burger” restaurants such as Five Guys, Mooyah Burgers Fries & Shakes, Fat Cow and Red Robin have popped up across Baton Rouge, but the trend had not hit Livingston Parish.

While Juban Crossing features a number of retailers, such as Belk, Academy Sports and Michaels, the only place to eat a meal in the development is at Rouses Market. Earlier this year, plans were announced for Stroubes Grille and Walk-On’s, two restaurants connected to popular Baton Rouge eateries. They should both be open by the end of the year, along with the Movie Tavern, an 11-screen theater that will sell meals along with beer, wine and mixed drinks.

The Juban Crossing location will be the fourth Burgersmith restaurant.

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