Chef Kelley McCann is teaming up with Chad Hughes and Brad Watts to open a new restaurant concept in the old Chelsea’s Cafe building at 2857 Perkins Road.
Hughes and Watts are opening Kalurah Street Grill in the late fall. McCann, who is leaving Galatoire’s Bistro after roughly 10 years, is joining them as executive chef of the new restaurant.
Hughes, who owns Ivar’s and co-owns The River Room with Watts, says Kalurah Street Grill, named for a side street near the old building, will offer something different to Baton Rouge and the Perkins Road overpass area.
The new restaurant will have a split restaurant, cocktail bar and wine bar concept. The two entrances that characterized the old Chelsea’s Cafe building will be gone, with one entrance in its place.
The restaurant, which will serve a menu of seasonal vegetables and Louisiana game and fish, will be located on the right side of the entrance. The cocktail and wine bar will be situated the left.
“We think this part of town is greatly lacking in a cool, nice, grownup, wine/cocktail kind-of-place,” says Hughes. He adds that the restaurant will be a hip place.
Hughes says he and Watts knew they wanted to work with McCann because his vision of what he wanted in a restaurant aligned with their vision.
“He’s the first one we talked to and the only one we’ve talked to,” Hughes says.
McCann says the menu will feature seasonal produce as well as poultry and game according to Louisiana’s fishing and hunting seasons, though he’s “certainly going to have some flagship entrees.”
“We can still prepare the ribeyes the same way. I feel like switching out vegetables with the season—anybody would appreciate a change like that,” he says.
McCann also believes switching up the menu according to the seasons will help maintain the interests of young, ambitious cooks who want to continue learning after they graduate from culinary school.
Hughes says it is envisioned that entrees will cost between $18-$24.