Photo of Chef Chris Wadsworth and his wife, Sommer, taken by Collin Richie, at the former downtown location of Triumph Kitchen. The couple is planning to bring a new restaurant to Mid City this fall.
Chef Chris Wadsworth is working on a new Mid City restaurant set to open later this year.
The co-owner and culinary instructor of Triumph Kitchen says he is looking to open Goûter Restaurant & Bar in the former location of apparel store Private Stock next door to Chicory Coffee at 3897 Government St. An opening date has not been set as Goûter is in the construction phase.
The new restaurant is 2,200 square feet with room for around 60 patrons inside and an outside patio. Goûter will be just blocks away from Modern Meals, which provides healthy, to-go menu options and houses Triumph Kitchen.
Wadsworth says the time was right for him and his wife, Sommer, to bring a new restaurant to Baton Rouge. However, that doesn’t mean their work with the educational, culinary nonprofit will cease.
“[My wife and I] have been focused on Triumph Kitchen for the last two years, and it’s not going anywhere,” he says, mentioning that the educational venue’s fifth class will begin in May. “We wanted to get a couple of years with Triumph Kitchen under our belt before we got back into the game. We’re ready to get back in the restaurant business and start it rolling.”
The new restaurant will not be affiliated with Triumph Kitchen. Instead, Goûter “celebrates all things Louisiana,” he says.
“We’re both avid hunters,” he says. “We love the outdoors, and we live in the heart of the sportsman’s paradise. At the restaurant, we’ll be focusing on sourcing everything local and the entire culture of the state.”
The new restaurant will be open with lunch and dinner options. He says the food will be different from his previous food selections at Restaurant IPO and Taco de Paco. However, Wadsworth is keeping quiet about what will be on the menu.
He’s excited about the prospect of being back in the Capital City’s bourgeoning restaurant scene.
“I think a lot of things are happening in Baton Rouge to get the city on the map, and it’s growing,” he says. “We certainly have some room to grow and things to do, but Mid City and downtown is where it’s at for sure. We want to be here for a long time.”