But guess what? We’re still hungry. Here’s what we know about some of the most buzzworthy restaurant openings that are on the way.
Elsie’s Plate & Pie
The new pie-centric concept in Mid City on Government Street near The Radio Bar is eyeing a mid-September opening. It’s been no small feet for Elsie’s to find its feet, considering owner Paul Dupre had to transform the erstwhile Honeymoon Bungalow thrift store into a full-service restaurant. The restaurant is now outfitted with tables and a bar as well as a retro aesthetic to suit its retro name. Look for sweet and savory pies and elevated Cajun favorites on the upcoming menu.
Adrian’s Restaurant & Bar
Located at the Highland Park Marketplace near Alexander’s Highland Market, Adrian’s is the new, more casual member of the Juban’s family. Boasting a menu of Juban’s favorites like the Hallelujah Crab as well as fresh dishes unique to the restaurant, this expansive space will bring a dressed-down vibe to one of Baton Rouge’s most loved upscale brands. Look for its doors to open Sept. 15.
Cafe Mimi joins the early fall wave of restaurant openings, aiming for an early September launch downtown. The new residents of the former space of Harrington’s Cafe will bring elements of Harrington’s longtime menu together with lighter options and Asian flare for a new casual option in downtown just off the active Third Street arts and entertainment district.
After more than a year of anticipation following the announcement of a new location in May 2015, Superior Grill finally broke ground on its second Baton Rouge restaurant on Highland Road in the Kenilworth Shopping Center last summer. The team was originally aiming for a May 2017 opening, but with construction finishing up, the latest word has the opening in mid-September.
The masterminds behind Izzo’s Illegal Burrito and one of Baton Rouge’s most blazingly popular newer eateries, Lit Pizza, are headed to Mid City with their new concept, Rocca Pizzeria. Lit’s more upscale cousin will install an imported wood-fired oven in the former Goûter location on Government Street and aim for an authentically Italian menu. Though the restaurant was announced in April, delays with construction permits have slowed progress. Owner Ozzie Fernandez says he’s now hoping to get the doors open before Thanksgiving.