Big changes at Serop’s Express on Jefferson Highway: Remodeling begins, location to reopen in May _lowres

Photo by Matthew Sigur -- The Serop's Express on Jefferson Highway has closed for renovations and will reopen in May. The location will be remodeled to include a drive-thru.

Fans of Serop’s Express on Jefferson Highway will need to go to a different location to get their daily fix of Greek food, but only for a little while.

Serop’s owner Vasken Kaltakdjian said that remodeling and demolition work on the Serop’s Express at 712 Jefferson Highway near Government Street has begun.

The location, which is a fast-food take on the popular Greek and Lebanese restaurant that started in Baton Rouge in the late 1970s, could reopen before summer.

“The project looks like it may finish towards the end of May,” Kaltakdjian said. “We’re hoping with weather permitting that it will open some time before that, maybe the middle of May.”

The location will take over former businesses next door, including Chef Don Bergeron’s Mid City Market and Capital Heights Veterinary Clinic. Bergeron’s catering business will reopen later this year in the former Pat’s Cajun Seafood & Steak at 8200 Jefferson Highway.

Kaltakdjian is adding a drive-thru and about 400 more square feet to the new Serop’s Express, bringing the total space to around 2,100 square feet. Kaltakdjian said the drive-thru will be a much-needed improvement for the location.

“Most of our business is take out, and the drive-thru has proven to work much better for our concept,” he said. “The timing is right. Business is good. I need to always stay one step ahead of my competition.”

Kaltakdjian said plans to remodel the Serop’s Express on Jefferson Highway began in September 2015. He added that he has no new locations on the board, for now.

“I always have my eyes open for more locations, but we don’t have any upcoming right now,” he said. “We’re working on improving the business we have. If I did open another, I wouldn’t look outside Baton Rouge. This city has been good to me.”

Serop’s opened its first location in 1979 on Government Street. Today, the Greek restaurant has seven locations in town — two are sit-down restaurants, five are express/fast food restaurants.

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