The former executive chef of Stroubes Seafood and Steaks has returned to Baton Rouge with plans to open a new barbecue and seafood restaurant called BRQ at 10423 Jefferson Hwy. sometime next spring.
“This is not your typical BBQ joint” Chef Justin Ferguson says in a news release. “We are featuring regional favorites from the Carolinas, Tennessee, Texas and Missouri.”
Ferguson recently returned to the Capital City from Chicago, where he worked as the corporate executive chef at Ideology Entertainment, according to the news release. He helped open four concept restaurants there and directed culinary teams at five restaurants.
BRQ will have seating for 170 diners, Ferguson says, and will utilize a farm-to-table approach as much as possible, while staying true to being a true barbecue restaurant—meaning all meat will be smoked with applewood or hickory at BRQ, and all rubs and sauces will be made in-house. The menu will consist of prime steaks, sandwiches, salads and grilled seafood as well as shrimp and crawfish, when in season. A 30-foot custom bar will be available for guests, and Ferguson plans offer more than 100 bottles of bourbon, whiskey or a variety local beers and spirits.
“A lot of thought is going into the ambiance. We want BRQ to provide an approachable, comfortable atmosphere that guests can enjoy any night of the week,” he says.
Ferguson also recently purchased a smoker and trailer for off-site catering events.
“We are ready for tailgating season and really excited to show the community what we have to offer,” says Ferguson, a 2005 Louisiana Culinary Institute grad.