Torchy's Tacos will officially open Wednesday, about two-and-a-half months after it had originally planned.
The 4,000-square foot restaurant inside LSU's Nicholson Gateway development was putting the final touches on its new space Sunday and Monday.
While the Texas-based company initially wanted to open in Baton Rouge in April, Gov. John Bel Edwards closing indoor dining across the state prompted the company to pause the opening.
Now, the eatery will finally open its doors with 80 employees on staff and a paired down menu of 14 tacos. That menu includes favorites like the Trailer Park and a new, Louisiana-specific taco called the Bayou Pirate.
That taco features crawfish and andouille sausage to embody "welcome to Louisiana in a taco," as one employee joked.
"There have been a lot of restaurants struggling through this thing ... but we are positioned to really come out of this with a leg up over the competition," Managing Partner Tony Mefford said.
Mefford explained that the restaurant makes everything in house from the sauces to the tortillas. Nothing comes out of a bag.
"We live by this 'damn good' motto," Mefford said. "Everything we do, we want to do 'damn good.'"
That motto is emblazoned on the wall in capital neon letters. A floor-to-ceiling mural of grinning, mischievous devils on the opposing wall is just as bold.
The restaurant will immediately offer phone-in and walk-up to-go orders. Ultimately they also plan to offer online ordering and deliveries through Door Dash.
Torchy’s started in Austin, Texas, in 2006 as a food truck and now has more than 60 locations across Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado and Arkansas.
Torchy's announced in September it planned to open restaurants in Baton Rouge, Lake Charles and Shreveport in 2020. The Lake Charles and Shreveport locations opened before the Baton Rouge spot.
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Torchy’s Tacos: a peek inside the restaurant’s Baton Rouge location
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Torchy's Tacos in Baton Rouge
Torchy's Tacos Baton Rouge
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Torchy's Tacos Baton Rouge
Torchy's Baton Rouge
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