Food & Drink

First Look: New Orleans-area favorite Red Bird Fried Chicken opens first Capital Region spot this month

It’s a well-known fact that some of the best-kept culinary secrets are found in hole-in-the-wall restaurants. Some of the best ice cream shakes can be found in alleyway ice cream parlors, hamburgers on food trucks tucked in the back of parking lots, and fried chicken in shacks along well-traveled highways. This is exactly what brothers Brandon Bennett and Blake Bennett and their cousin, Jay Morris, were inspired by when creating…

Style & Home

Baton Rouge manicure guide: Decoding trends, services and more

Cuticle care, intricate nail art and innovative mani and pedi techniques. Just like fashion cycles, there seems to be a hot new service, style or nail shape almost every week. Nail salons sure have leveled up. But don’t let the scent of acetone, the sight of hundreds of hued bottles or the restaurant-menu-length list of services overwhelm your spa session. We chatted with natural nail tech Charmell Hills and Sweetheart…

Things to do

This week in Baton Rouge: A grand opening, The Florida Street Blowhards, a vodka pairing dinner and more

Make a bracelet Wednesday Bring your kids to the Arts Council of Livingston Parish on Wednesday, July 17, to make their own back-to-school bracelets. Students will learn from Melissa McDaniel of Melissa’s Southern Jewelry, and leave with a beaded stretch bracelet with a back-to-school charm. All supplies for the class will be included. The class is from 10:15-11:30 a.m. and costs $25. The Arts Council of Livingston Parish is at…

Our City

Why have some of Baton Rouge’s most notable restaurants shuttered recently? Operators say it’s a perfect storm

Last October, Zeeland Street owner Stephanie Phares rolled the dice on a new dinner concept she hoped to incubate within her 35-year-old neighborhood eatery. The idea was to use the space, typically dormant at night, to serve high-end soul food. Known as Beloved, the concept would give Phares a new revenue stream and a chance to turn a higher profit than that of Zeeland Street’s casual breakfast and plate-lunch business.…