Lafayette’s Pizza Artista expanding to Baton Rouge’s Rouzan development

Lafayette’s Pizza Artista is moving into the Baton Rouge market, according to Daily Report. The new location will be in the commercial section of Rouzan, the 100-acre Traditional Neighborhood Development on Perkins Road.

The move is part of a larger push by the owners—Scott and Cynthia McClaskey and Kirk Miller—to expand the Pizza Artista franchises for the create-your-own pizza eatery, says Brent Struthers, of Beau Box Real Estate, who handled the Rouzan lease. They opened a corporate-owned Lake Charles location in 2016, and they hope the Baton Rouge restaurant will serve as a catalyst for eastern franchise growth into markets like Denham Springs, New Orleans and Mobile, Alabama.

“We know we already have a good following (in Baton Rouge),” says Scott McClaskey, a former Central resident who adds Rouzan will be a good fit for the brand. “It’s a bigger market, and we would love to expand and bring our pizza to our friends and make new friends.”

The restaurant will occupy a 2,700-square-foot space directly across from Sprouts and will accommodate roughly 60 people. It will also bring features being tested in the Lafayette market, like a self-pour beer and wine tap wall.