“If activity in the local restaurant industry is any indication of the Capital Region’s economic well-being, 2014 will go down as a year of impressive growth and prosperity,” Stephanie Riegel writes in Monday’s edition of Daily Report.
In the article, Riegel speaks with Ruffino’s Executive Chef Peter Sclafani, also the president of the Baton Rouge chapter of the Louisiana Restaurant Association, on the surge of activity in the Capital City restaurant industry in 2014.
“This area has been on a real uptick for the past several years, and 2014 continued that trend,” Sclafani says.
Much of the growth came in the category of fast casual chain restaurants. Among the newcomers to the market were Santa Fe Cattle Co. and BullChicks, both of which opened new locations on Coursey Boulevard, as well as Mooyah Burgers on Siegen Lane, Bar Louie at the Mall of Louisiana—which moved into the space previously occupied by Bravo!—and Panera Breads on Jefferson Highway.
Several local or Louisiana-based restaurants also opened for business this year, including a second City Pork location on Jefferson Highway, The Grill on Highland Road, the Rum House on Perkins Road, Zoroona Mediterranean Grill on Siegen Lane, and Pat’s Cajun Seafood on Jefferson Highway. Read the full story.