The team behind Baton Rouge restaurants such as Jolie Pearl Oyster Bar and Kalurah Street Grill has opened a Creole restaurant in downtown Baton Rouge. 

Cecelia Creole Bistro is now open for dinner at 421 Third St. Dinner service continues through Saturday. Hours are currently 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The restaurant will start serving lunch on Monday, April 16. Business hours will expand next week to 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Friday, and 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday. 

Cecelia offers a Louisiana-centric menu with items such as grilled and sauteed seafood selections, crabcakes, étouffées and gumbo. Customers can also expect a specialty cocktail menu, local beers and wine. 

"We want to offer guests an authentic Creole meal in a quaint bistro setting downtown," co-owner Brad Watts said. 

The restaurant, which used to be the location of Restaurant IPO, has space for about 70 guests, with booth, table and bar seating. Upstairs is a private events space called The Loft at Cecelia.

"It's a very nice space," Watts said of The Loft, which previously housed bars such as The Office and Breakroom at IPO. "We cleared it out, and now it's a wide open space that's perfect for receptions and rehearsal dinners." 

Cecelia and The Loft are the sixth and seventh concepts to open between the four co-owners Watts, Eric Carnegie, Dustin Malina and Chad Hughes.

Carnegie is a partner at Jolie Pearl Oyster Bar, a downtown restaurant that will soon open its second location at White Star Market. Hughes, a co-owner of Ivar's Sports Bar, teamed up with Watts previously to open Kalurah Street Grill and The River Room. All four co-own The Bengal Tap Room, which opened in February next door to Cecelia. 

For more information on Cecelia, visit or call (225) 615-7833. 

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