Stroubes, Walk-On’s and six retailers to join Juban Crossing mix

The mix of restaurants and retailers at Juban Crossing is set to expand even further later this year, with Stroubes and Walk-On’s restaurants set to enter the Livingston Parish market, as well as six new retailers.

Both restaurants are set to break ground in the coming months, Juban Crossing announced this morning. The Stroubes Restaurant Group, which owns and operates the upscale Stroubes Seafood and Steak on Third Street in downtown Baton Rouge, is aiming to open a new concept called Stroubes Grille this summer. The restaurant will measure about 8,000 square feet and will feature a number of menu items with which diners in Baton Rouge are familiar. See a rendering of Stroubes Grille.

“By day, the restaurant will cater to shoppers seeking convenient dining; by night, Stroubes Grille will transform into a dining destination with a finer touch—an inviting space to relax and enjoy great steaks, fresh seafood, and homemade bread and desserts,” Lorraine Slade, SRG’s brand strategist, says in a news release.

Walk-On’s Bistreaux and Bar, meanwhile, is aiming to open a 7,500-square-foot restaurant with an outdoor patio at the development by the end of the year, says co-owner and founder Brandon Landry.

“We feel like the Juban Crossing area is a great market with lots of traffic, incredible opportunity and perfect for our concept,” Landry says. “We are very excited to be a part of this great development and feel like it will only enhance our brand.”

The first phase of Juban Crossing—a $350 million development to be built in three phases—opened in October last year. New retailers announced today include Dress Barn, GNC, LA Nails, Mattress Firm, Maurice’s and Verizon. Those stores all are aiming to open by the end of the year.

Meanwhile, a groundbreaking on the previously announced Movie Tavern is expected in March, with an opening date set for late summer or early fall. Stores that currently are open in Juban Crossing include Academy, Bed Bath and Beyond, Belk, Great American Cookie Company/Marble Slab Creamery, Lane Bryant, PetSmart, Old Navy, Rouse’s Market and TJ Maxx.

“Our retailers closed out 2014 on a high note and visitors to the center certainly welcomed the opportunity to stay local for their holiday shopping,” Stephen Keller, a principal with Juban Crossing developer Creekstone Companies, says. “The main question we’ve received since we broke ground is, ‘When will we see new restaurants?’ Our answer is, ‘Soon, very soon!’”

—Steve Sanoski

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