The Chimes' Highland Road location to get face-lift

A second-floor outdoor bar and dining area will be added to The Chimes, a move that will cause the popular LSU-area restaurant to close for three weeks during July for construction.

Marianne Hood, one of the owners of The Chimes, said the move will add 50 seats to the restaurant on Highland Road just outside LSU's North Gates. Work is set to begin next month.

Hood said more details about the expansion, including renderings, will be released as the project becomes more concrete.

According to a building permit issued by the city-parish last week, the expansion will add more than 6,100 square feet of space. The addition will include outdoor and indoor dining space.

The restaurant is currently 14,500 square feet. The permit pegged the price of construction at just under $1.5 million.

The original Highland location opened in 1983. The Chimes also has restaurants on Coursey Boulevard in Baton Rouge and in Covington. The group also owns Parrain's restaurant on Perkins Road.

White Star Market to welcome new bakery 

CounterspaceBR, a new bakery from owner Sarah Joy Hays, will open in White Star Market on Sunday. CounterspaceBR replaces Mike Mangham's Southern Plate, which was open briefly inside the gourmet food hall on Government Street. 

CounterspaceBR's business hours will be 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

The bakery is Hays’ first brick-and-mortar location. Patrons can expect cookies, cakes and other desserts, as well as breakfast items such as pastries, avocado toast and English muffins.

Hays plans to offer a streamlined menu at first then expand the menu after a couple of weeks, according to a news release.

“Now that White Star is open, we are able to receive lots of great feedback from our guests,” White Star Market co-owner Whitney Gaines said in the release. “One common theme was the need for a local bakery with a breakfast angle, and Sarah Joy Hays fits that need perfectly.”

In addition to the bakery announcement, White Star Market has announced additional business hours. The food hall will be open 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays. Dat'z Italian and Mouton will open at 10 a.m. Sundays. Jolie Pearl at the Market will open at 11 a.m. Sundays. On Mondays, the market is open 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Gov't Taco, Chow Yum Phat and Mouton open at 11 a.m. Mondays.

Red Stick Spice Co. hosts Guts n Glory pop-up 

Several Baton Rouge chefs are teaming up for a pop-up dinner for a good cause. 

Red Stick Spice Co., 660 Jefferson Highway, hosts the second Guts & Glory Pop-up Dinner at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 21. Funds from the event will benefit the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation's Louisiana-Mississippi chapter. 

The evening boasts the theme "Chicks in the Kitchen" and starts with passed small bites, followed by four sit-down courses, each paired with wine. Participating chefs include Lili Courtney of Delightful Palate, Red Stick Spice owner Anne Laiche Milneck, Bouillababes Sydney Harkins and Jamie Brown, Aimee Tortorich and Cupcake Allie's Allison Bookman. Tickets are $70 at

Stage set for Louisiana Seafood Cook-Off

Some of the state's best chefs will compete next week for the title of King of Louisiana Seafood. 

The annual Louisiana Seafood Cook-Off starts at 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Cajundome Convention Center, 444 Cajundome Blvd., in Lafayette. 

Chefs from the greater Baton Rouge area cooking for the title include Justin Ferguson of BRQ, Noah Lessard of Ruffino's and Joshua Hebert of The Cabin Restaurant in Gonzales. They will compete against chefs from Breaux Bridge, Charenton, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Marksville, New Orleans and Shreveport. 

During the cook-off, chefs will prepare a dish that highlights Louisiana seafood while interacting with a live audience, celebrity hosts and "chef ref" Michael Brewer. 

The cook-off is part of the Taste of EatLafayette 2018 event. Tickets are $25. More information is available at

Southfin plans Lafayette location

South Louisiana can't get enough of those poké bowls and fin rolls from Southfin. 

The restaurant announced this week that it will open a third location in Lafayette in the Parc Lafayette shopping center at 1921 Kaliste Saloom Road. More details on the opening will be announced soon, according to a Facebook post. 

Southfin opened its second location at 7474 Corporate Blvd. in Baton Rouge in late April. The first Southfin opened at 4321 Perkins Road in March 2017. The menu features Hawaiian-inspired street food with tuna, salmon and shrimp over beds of rice, noodles and greens then topped with other fixings.

Upcoming food events you can't miss

  • Do you miss Taste, the breakfast/lunch/brunch spot in Main Street Market? Me, too. Well, calm down because chef Richard Market of Secret Lair Taqueria will host a couple Taste pop-ups this weekend at Southern Craft Brewing Co., 14141 Airline Highway, Suite 4J. Service starts at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
  • Sullivan's Steakhouse, 5252 Corporate Blvd., hosts a bourbon-paired four-course dinner at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Tickets are $45. Space is limited. Call (225) 925-1161 to make your reservation. 
  • Louisiana Art & Science Museum's latest exhibit, "Feast for the Eyes: The Story of Food in Photography," explores our obsession with photographing and eating. To celebrate, the museum hosts an Art After Hours event at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 21. The event features Poppy Tooker of "LOOOOOOOOUEEEEEZZZZZANA Eats!" discussing food, as well as local restaurants showing off a few dishes. Free for members, $8 for college students with ID, and $10 for nonmembers.

Timothy Boone contributed to this report.

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