Look back at Baton Rouge’s biggest restaurant and bar openings in 2017

It’s hard to believe 2017 is almost over, and it’s even harder to believe that more than two dozen new bistros, bars, bakeries and beyond have opened since our 2016 year-in-review list. Did you miss any openings this year? Check out our original photo tours of each space (linked below), and grab a bite or sip before the year’s over.

Did we forget any openings? Tell us in the comments.

Full-service restaurants

Soup at Kalurah Street Grill. Photo by Allie Appel

Kalurah Street Grill
What: Chef Kelley McCann’s new American eatery in the former home of Chelsea’s Cafe
Where: 2857 Perkins Road
When: January

Los Reyes Mexican Grill
What: A full-service Mexican restaurant with some unique Greek and Lebanese twists (courtesy of a co-owner who is part of the Albasha family)
Where: 11333 Coursey Blvd.
When: February

La Contea Italiano Ristorante
What: Authentic Italian dining for lunch and dinner
Where: 7970 Jefferson Highway
When: March

Bao Vietnamese Kitchen
What: A fresh Vietnamese joint offering banh mi, pho, vermicelli and more
Where: 8342 Perkins Road
When: April

Tarte flambée at Flambée Café. Photo by Collin Richie

Flambée Café
What: The Bistro Byronz family’s new French tarte flambée concept in a European bistro setting
Where: 8210 Village Plaza Court
When: June

BRQ Seafood & Barbeque
What: Baton Rouge’s answer to the full-service, sit-down barbecue eateries of our Texan neighbors—with some added twists, too
Where: 10423 Jefferson Highway
When: June

Adrian’s Restaurant & Bar
What: A casual dining experience from the Juban’s family
Where: 18143 Perkins Road
When: September

Almond Joy Pie at Elsie’s Plate & Pie. Photo by Raegan Labat

Elsie’s Plate & Pie
What: A pie-centric, modern Cajun restaurant in the old Honeymoon Bungalow digs
Where: 3145 Government St.
When: September

Fast casual and second locations

Luau Bowl at Southfin Southern Poke. Photo by Collin Richie

Southfin Southern Poké
What: Pacific-inspired raw seafood bowls originating from the City Pork family
Where: 4321 Perkins Road
When: March

The Crown: A Royal Bistro
What: A French-inspired crepe and sandwich cafe inside The Royal Standard
Where: 16016 Perkins Road
When: April

Batch 13
What: Biscuits and bowls with counter service from the Copeland’s family
Where: 4957 Essen Lane
When: May

Acai bowls from The Big Squeezy. Photo by Charlene Guilliams

The Big Squeezy
What: New locations of the city’s go-to juicery
Where: Matherne’s on 3rd Street and LSU Student Union
When: June and August

Lit Pizza
What: The second location of flash-fired pizza concept by the minds behind Izzo’s Illegal Burrito, in Gonzales
Where: 14601 Airline Highway
When: July

Ruby Slipper Cafe
What: The first Red Stick location of the New Orleans brunch legend
Where: 3535 Perkins Road
When: July

Cafe Mimi
What: Louisiana-Vietnamese fusion in the old Harrington’s Cafe spot downtown
Where: 329 Florida St.
When: September

Stinky’s Fish Camp
What: The Baton Rouge expansion of the Florida-based seafood restaurant
Where: 5500 Hilton Ave. inside the Baton Rouge Marriott
When: September

The new Superior Grill on Highland. Photo by Raegan Labat

Superior Grill
What: The second Baton Rouge location of the local Mexican institution
Where: 7333 Highland Road
When: October

Halal Guys
What: Baton Rouge’s first location of the national Middle Eastern chain
Where: 320 Lee Drive
When: October


Lush furnishings inside Hayride Scandal. Photo by Allie Appel

Hayride Scandal
What: An old-school craft cocktail bar in the former home of Lock & Key
Where: 5110 Corporate Blvd.
When: April

Cane Land Distilling
What: Baton Rouge’s first large-scale rum, vodka and gin distillery, complete with a bar and tasting floor
Where: 760 St. Philip St.
When: May

Bakeries & Coffee Shops

Daily donut display at District Donuts. Photo by Charlene Guilliams

District Donuts
What: The Baton Rouge debut of the New Orleans giant, known for inventive donuts
Where: 7415 Corporate Blvd.
When: May

Cupcake Junkie
What: Inventive, locally founded cupcake startup
Where: 12240 Coursey Blvd.
When: August

Smallcakes Cupcakery & Creamery
What: Local franchise of international cupcake and ice cream shop, specializing in unique flavors and sundaes
Where: 18135 E. Petroleum Drive
When: August

French Truck Coffee
What: House-roasted coffee, unique brews and pastries, originating from New Orleans
Where: 2978 Government St.
When: August

The counter at French Truck Coffee. Photo by Raegan Labat