Matherne’s employees say two stores becoming Robért Fresh Market _lowres

Advocate staff photo by TIMOTHY BOONE -- A sign posted at the Matherne's Supermarket at 7355 Highland Road Wednesday afternoon shows that New Orleans-based Robért Fresh Market has applied for a license to sell beer, wine and liquor at the site. Employees at the Matherne's stores on Highland and Bluebonnet said the locations will become Robért Fresh Market stores. Officials with Matherne's and Robért Fresh Market were unavailable for comment Wednesday.

Employees at the Matherne’s Supermarkets at Highland Road and at Bluebonnet Boulevard said Wednesday the two locations will become Robért Fresh Market stores.

Officials with Matherne’s and New Orleans-based Robért Fresh Market were unavailable for comment Wednesday. A sign posted at the Matherne’s at 7355 Highland said that Robért was applying for a license to sell beer, wine and liquor at the store. There was no sign on the Bluebonnet location.

Matherne’s has a store in downtown Baton Rouge, along with locations in LaPlace and Paulina. The 30-year-old chain is known for its daily plate lunches of fried chicken and catfish, a full-service deli and a selection of fine wines, liquors and craft beers.

Robért Fresh Market, which was founded in 1994 in Metairie, has eyed the Baton Rouge market for a while. In 2008, the state Bond Commission approved GoZone bond money to build a location at Perkins Road and Acadian Thruway. But the store was never built and a Trader Joe’s supermarket ended up on the site.

Robért Fresh Market had six locations in metro New Orleans before Hurricane Katrina. It now has two stores in New Orleans and one in Metairie.