With more parking and double the space for patrons and staff, Baton Rouge’s go-to late-night dive and breakfast spot has finally gotten the location it deserves.
Louie’s Cafe opened less than a week ago in the former Wendy’s on State Street, and fans are already packing in, no matter the time, to enjoy the restaurant’s quirky red, white and turquoise style and whatever Marcus “Frenchie” Cox is cooking behind the counter.
At 1 p.m. on a Wednesday afternoon, the restaurant is packed. In the midst of getting their staff accustomed to all the space, Cox and co-owner Jimmy Wetherford Jr. are quickly cooking up eggs, flapjacks, burgers, bacon and more. The atmosphere is lively, not unlike the former location, but there’s more space to breathe. There are four bar tops and more than enough seating to go along with its waiting area. As if Louie’s admitted to itself that it is indeed 2014, the bar tops also have outlets for students to plug in their phones or laptops.