Seafood and BBQ restaurant, seafood market planned on Government in Mid City

After operating a catering business in Baton Rouge for the past 12 years, Elvondae “Von” Raybon is working to bring a new restaurant and seafood market called Pit-N-Peel to Mid City.

“I think this area right here needs a place like this that they can call home,” says Raybon, who is leasing a long-vacant building at 2101 Government St. and adding a kitchen to the space, which was previously home to a clothing store. “Places like Sammy’s and Mike Anderson’s have been institutions in their areas for years, and I’m just trying to do the same for this neighborhood and make my mark.”

Raybon will add a roughly 700-square-foot kitchen to the 2,100-square-foot building. He hopes to complete the renovation in time to open on Mother’s Day, which is May 10. The menu will feature seafood and barbeque, Raybon says, and he envisions a seafood market with a wide variety of offerings.

“We’re looking at doing salmon, tuna, speckled trout and maybe some flounder, on top of catfish and shrimp; possibly oysters,” Raybon says. “Pretty much all of the Louisiana seafood you’d expect. That’s my angle: to carry all Louisiana seafood and also Louisiana-made products.”

Raybon is not seeking a liquor license at this time, saying he wants to strictly focus on the food to launch of his restaurant. He says the eatery will provide seating for 40 to 50 inside, with room for an additional 15 to 20 outside.

“I’m hoping for a lot of walk-up and bike-up business,” he says. “They way they’re redoing Government Street along that stretch, I’m tailoring my business to that idea and design.”

—Steve Sanoski

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