Wayne Stabiler said he is moving ahead with plans to put a Stab’s Prime steakhouse and seafood restaurant on Jefferson Highway, at the site of the old Bank One building.

The new restaurant will be similar to the Stab’s Steak & Seafood in Central, except with a larger menu. “We’re going to have about twice as many steaks on the menu than we have in Central,” Stabiler said. “There will be more seafood too.”

Stabiler bought the building in March 2014 for $1.45 million. The 2,747-square-foot building has been vacant for several years, since Chase, which absorbed Bank One, closed the branch and opened a new location nearby in Towne Center.

Since buying the property, Stabiler and his partner on the restaurant, Mike Jarreau, have been working with engineers, developing plans to expand the building. “That’s what took so long,” he said. “We are completely redoing the building.”

The plan is to expand the space by enclosing the drive-through lanes. Stabiler said he has secured some adjoining land that will allow him to offer more parking spaces.

Once the work is complete, the restaurant will have seating for 200 to 225 people.

“It’s going to be state of the art, with a first-class kitchen and décor,” Stabiler said.

No timetable has been set for the opening of Stab’s. Stabiler said he has contacted a few construction companies about submitting bids for the restaurant work, a process that he expects will take a couple of months.

Stabiler also owns the Little Village restaurants and Le Creole in Baton Rouge.

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