McAlister’s Deli, fresh off closing its second Baton Rouge location, already is looking to re-enter the market.

The McAlister’s on Siegen Lane closed at the end of May after the lease on the property expired and an agreement couldn’t be reached with the landlord, said Melissa Smith, a spokeswoman for Focus Brands. Focus Brands is the operator for a number of different restaurant concepts, including McAlister’s, Cinnabon, Schlotzsky’s and Moe’s Southwest Grill.

The closure of the Siegen location follows the Perkins Road McAlister’s shutdown just before Christmas under similar circumstances. The two Baton Rouge restaurants were operated by different franchisees.

Smith said McAlister’s has had “a lot of interest” from potential franchisees about Baton Rouge, but the chain is particular about who it selects. “We want to ensure that we have the right franchisee for the right market,” she said.

McAlister’s has more than 375 locations across the U.S., including six in metro New Orleans and two in Lafayette.

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