Baton Rouge is establishing itself as a food destination. Every day, more and more food news is cooking in the area. A weekly feature to Red, “Leftovers” is a roundup of the latest on the local food and restaurant scene.

The State Bar & Grub is now open

State Street just got a little classier. The State Bar & Grub, a new restaurant and craft cocktail bar from Duvic’s and Spanish Moon owner Shane Courrege, has opened in the old Louie’s Café at 209 W. State St. The pub will feature food from former Pinetta’s chef Luis Macedo. The menu is still being finalized, and food service will start in the next few weeks. On the drink side, The State will feature barrel aged and shrub cocktails. Mmmm...sounds expensive, I mean, delicious.

Temporary business hours are 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Monday-Saturday. Those hours will expand to 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Monday-Friday and 6 p.m.-2 a.m. Saturday once The State starts serving food.

Goûter slated for late October opening

Chef Chris Wadsworth will open his new Mid City restaurant, Goûter, in late October, according to reports.

The restaurant, which is named after the French word that means “to taste,” will feature a tapas menu and chef’s table option for patrons.

Located on Government Street at the corner of East Drive, Wadsworth’s latest venture will focus on the state’s claim to being the “Sportman’s Paradise.” The restaurant has around 2,200 square feet with room for about 60 patrons.

Wadsworth’s students from his nonprofit program for at-risk youths, Triumph Kitchen, will help prepare items in the morning.

Wadsworth had previously worked at Modern Meals and Restaurant IPO. For more information, visit

Sammy’s Southern Bistro coming to The Oasis

Though a date has not been set, Sammy’s Southern Bistro is set to open in The Oasis, a mixed-use development on Burbank Drive. The restaurant is a sports themed café, and yes, it comes from the owners of the ever-popular Sammy’s Grill.

Sammy Nagem told reporters that the restaurant will feature a paired-down menu as well as small plates and wraps. For more information, visit

Five Seasons cookbook to be released next week

Erin Nugent and Lauren Beth Landry are the Baton Rougeans behind Five Seasons, a website devoted to seasonal cooking and entertaining.

Next week, the duo will celebrate the release of their first cookbook, “Five Seasons: A Guide to Seasonal Cooking.” The book features a collection of recipes inspired by local and seasonal bounties. Chef John Folse wrote the foreword.

The official release takes place at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17 at Mint, 5720 Corporate Blvd., Suite F. The book is now available for pre-sale at Five Season’s website for $39.95. For more information, visit

Zaxby’s plans four Baton Rouge restaurants

Raising Cane’s will have some chicken finger competition, starting this fall. Zaxby’s, the Georgia-based chain that also specializes in chicken tenders as well as chicken wings and salads, plans to open four restaurants in metro Baton Rouge over the next few months.

A franchise restaurant at 1850 W. La. 30 in Gonzales, near the Interstate 10 exit, should open at the beginning of October. By early November, a company-owned restaurant at 34071 La. 16 near Watson is set to open. A Zachary location on Main Street, across from Wal-Mart, should be open by mid-December. The chain has also applied for a permit to build a third company-owned Zaxby’s in the Long Farm traditional neighborhood development at Airline Highway and Antioch Road.

Each restaurant will have about 40 to 60 employees, and the restaurant will be about 3,500 square feet with seating for 90 people. For more information, visit

Follow Matthew Sigur on Twitter, @MatthewSigur. Timothy Boone contributed to this story.